In a rather surprising turn of events, the Houston Texans have gone from being considered the favorites by some to land Vince Wilfork to completely out of the running in a matter of days (even with Wilfork currently in town to visit the Texans), per a report from SportsRadio 610. On the air, the station elaborated that the differences came down to money – big Vince flat out wanted more than Bill O’Brien and Rick Smith were willing to pay.
For those keeping track at home, that means Houston is currently slated to head into the 2015 season with either a possibly injured Louis Nix or a certifiably "meh" Jerrell Powe manning the nose tackle position instead of a future Hall of Famer. Things could certainly be worse, but they could be so, so much better.
I was a huge fan of the Nix selection on the second day of the draft last May, but that has yet to pan out due to a myriad of health (and possibly work ethic related) reasons. If Nix can get it together and be a dominant player inside like he was in college – and that’s a big if – losing out on Wilfork will not hurt as badly in the long run.
Either way though, I would much rather have the big fella in Battle Red than have to deal with him in a Colts uniform for the next few years.
UPDATE: Uhhhhhh...the report from 610 on which this post was based has turned out to be totally wrong. Vince Wilfork has signed a two-year deal with the Houston Texans.