3 reasons the Texans won't extend Whitney Mercilus

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The Houston Texans are getting an incredible start from Whitney Mercilus this year who just received the award for AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Mercilus is in a contract year so it would make a lot of sense for the Texans to sign him to an extension before he becomes a free agent.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank, Barry Laminack, and Raheel Ramzanali discuss the hot start to the season for Mercilus and explain why they don't see the Texans signing him long-term any time soon. The Texans Roundtable is presented by Texas Star Grill Shop.

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NFL free agency is right around the corner and the Houston Texans have a ton of salary cap space. Not to mention, it was announced on Friday the NFL is raising the salary cap to $255.4 million, an increase over 13%.

PFF has the Texans with the 7th-most cap space in the NFL at $67.5 million. So what should the Texans do with all of that money?

Several players have already been connected to the Texans. Houston is the betting favorite to land Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans, according to bookies.com.

And Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been rumored to have interest in joining the Texans after he followed many players on social media like Brevin Jordan, CJ Stroud, Nico Collins, and others.

But in the video above, Craig from Sports Talk Extra makes his case for the Texans to address the front seven. But not in the typical way by adding a defensive lineman. He believes DeMeco Ryans will have interest in signing Panthers middle linebacker Frankie Luvu based on an article he read of Texans Wire.

Luvu was originally an edge defender for the Jets, but now is an interior linebacker who has seen a ton of success over the last two years with Carolina. He's recorded over 100 tackles in his last two seasons, and also sacked the quarterback 5.5 times last season, and 7 times in 2022. You don't find many players with both that many tackles and sacks.

Linebacker Denzel Perryman struggled in coverage for the Texans last year, dealt with injuries, and is 31 years old. So with his contract now expired, the Texans should look to upgrade.

Spotrack has Luvu's market value at $11.2 million/year. They believe he will command a deal in the 4-year, $40 million range.

So should the Texans make the deal?

Check out the video above to watch the full discussion.


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