From Bucky Brooks of SI.com:
According to Brooks then, the Texans would have to be prepared to pony up approximately $6,000,000.00 per year on a five to six year deal to snag any of the top LT free agents. Of course, NFL contracts are hardly worth the paper they're written on; typically, the only real guaranteed money comes via the signing bonus. Nevertheless and assuming Brooks' assessment of the market is correct, are you willing to pay Wharton, Locklear, Andrews, or someone else the going rate? Or is the price of poker too high, thus meaning you turn your attention to grabbing a tackle in the draft and banking on Ephraim Salaam holding down the fort until the newbie takes over?