Have you noticed a lot of talk on radio and a few posts here and there concerning player loyalty...or lack thereof? Here's a question; If you were given an opportunity to leave a job that you had been at for several years and had seniority for a new job that would pay you twice as much; would you take it? If your answer is yes; then where is your loyalty. Here's a twist. You own a company. You have several long term employees that make a lot of money. You have an opportunity to lay off half of those highly paid employees and replace them with younger, less experienced, lower salaried employees that could be trained by the experienced half. Would you do that? If so; where is your loyalty.
The fact that Mario Williams and Mike Breisel have left the Texans for more money says nothing about their loyalty. The also known fact that the Texans released Eric Winston to clear cap space says nothing about their loyalty.
Loyalty is much overplayed in sports as it is in business. And yes, sports is a business. Most of us would have done the same thing the players or the team management has done given the same situations. Should we like what has happened? No. As fans we have no reason to. But, we have to accept the fact that this is the reality of sports today.
As much as we may hate losing our favorite players; it's a reality. Next year we could lose Matt Schaub, Duane Brown and Conner Barwin. It depends on how creative the Texans can get with cap space. But if we do lose those players to another team; don't question their loyalty. Question the teams ability to manipulate the salary cap.