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part for the Houston Texans.One of only three winless teams in the NFL https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Jack-Mewhort-Jersey , the Texans are desperate to get a victory on Sunday against the Colts and try to salvage their season.“We have to win this game,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “We just have to win.”After going 4-12 last season, the Texans had high expectations entering this year with the return of stars J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson, who both missed big chunks of last season with injuries.Instead three straight close losses have the Texans searching for ways to escape the NFL’s basement.“These are close games and it’s the team that doesn’t beat themselves that ends up winning, and we’ve been beating ourselves too much,” coach Bill O’Brien said.It is Houston’s worst start since opening the 2008 season 0-4. If you add the six games they lost to end the 2017 season, the Texans have lost nine straight. It has been more than 10 months since they won a game with their last victory coming against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 19.Watt said the importance of ending the skid this week can’t be overstated.“We have to,” he said. “We don’t have one. Haven’t had one in a long time so we really need to get a win. It’s very tough opponent, a very tough place to play so we have to go on the road and put our best foot forward.”The Colts aren’t doing much better than Houston this season and enter the game 1-2. But the Texans haven’t had much success against Indianapolis and have a 7-25 record in 32 meetings. They’ve had even more trouble in Indianapolis where they’ve won just twice in 16 visits.Despite their struggles, O’Brien isn’t worried about the psyche of his team and knows that getting a win against an AFC South opponent will go a long way toward getting things on the right track.“We’ve only played one divisional game,” he said. “We’ve got a big one this week. So, we just have to keep grinding. There’s no other way out of it. There’s no choice. I think when you have the role that I have, it’s easy. There’s no choice. You have to go to work and you have to figure it out.”For Watson, trying to end a skid is a new experience. Watson, who helped Clemson to a national title in the 2016 season, lost just two games combined in his last two seasons in college. He said this stretch has already taught him some lessons.“Just dealing with adversity J'Marcus Webb Jersey ,” he said. “Try to take the good with the bad and really dig down each and every week to find out what the problem is.”The problem, according to Watson and O’Brien is not paying attention to details. The Texans rank eighth in the NFL by averaging 396.3 yards a game, but are tied for 22nd in scoring with just 19.7 points a game in part because of an excessive amount of penalties and negative plays in the red zone.Houston’s three losses have been by a combined 15 points, giving the Texans hope that if they tighten a few things up they’ll be able to get over the hump and into the win column this week.“We’re not that far off,” Mathieu said. “We just have to do better at preparing, building up throughout the week and then on gameday, starting fast and then finishing strong. So, if we can do those things and if our five-star players could play like five-star players, then we’ll be good.” Margus Hunt has been a key contributor for the Colts defense over the past two seasons. Hunt has been good against the run and has 5 sacks in 2018. The 31 year-old is up for a new contract following the season, so how much would his services cost when he hits free agency?Current ContractHunt signed a 2 year, $4,100,000 contract in the 2017 offseason. A part of his contract was a $500k bonus he could earn in 2018.His Play Under That ContractHunt had 1.5 sacks in 4 seasons with the Bengals. He’s had 6 with the Colts over the past two. He’s been a key contributor on both sides of the ball and is considered to be an “Above Average” player according to Pro Football Focus. As of Week 15, he’s played in 629 defensive snaps, which means he’s on the field for the Colts defense 67.3% of the time. He has also been on 125 special teams snaps, which is good for 32.6% of the time. His usage on defense is higher than any other defensive lineman Jordan Wilkins Color Rush Jersey , with the exception of Jabaal Sheard. The Market / Similar PlayersSince Margus Hunt is a 4-3 defensive end, we should compare him to other 4-3 defensive ends. Hunt is going to be entering his third contract and he will be 32 years-old entering next season. The following players were in similar positions as Hunt when they signed their most recent contract:Chris Long — Philadelphia EaglesWilliam Hayes — Miami DolphinsAdrian Clayborn — Tampa Bay BuccaneersLong signed his contract at the same age as Hunt. Hayes signed his contract at 32 years old (33 when the season started) and Clayborn signed his at 29 years old (30 when the season started). All play Hunt’s position.Chris Long2 year, $4,500,000 with $3,000,000 (66%) Guaranteed | $2,250,000 Average Per YearLong’s best years were clearly behind him, whereas Hunt might be peaking right now, but Long was a productive high snap percentage player and his versatility as a pass rusher and run stopper make him a good comparison. William Hayes1 year, $4,050,000 with $4,000,000 (99%) Guaranteed | Fully Guaranteed ContractHayes was playing at a high level in St Louis/Los Angeles and his first year in Miami was marred with some injuries. While Hayes definitely got more than he deserved https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Henry-Anderson-Jersey , it shows that mid-tier 4-3 defensive ends like Hayes (and like Hunt) will make at least a few million per year. This definitely isn’t a perfect comparison, but it’s an important contract for agents to use when vouching for your mid-tier veteran pass rusher.Adrian Clayborn2 year, $10,000,000 with $5,500,000 (55%) Guaranteed | $5,000,000 Average Per YearClayborn was coming off the best year of his career when he signed his contract (like Hunt) and while his best skill is as a pass rusher, he improved a lot as a run stopper in Atlanta, playing a high percentage of snaps. Clayborn’s contract is the best comparison of the three depicted. The only difference with this contract was that Clayborn signed it a couple years younger than Hunt, which makes a difference. Average of the 3 Contracts2 Year, $7,500,000 with $5,250 Joe Haeg Jersey ,000 (70%) Guaranteed | $3,750,000 Average Per YearContract ProjectionI expect Margus Hunt to receive a 2 year deal with a decent portion guaranteed. If we take into account the average of the comparable players, the signing style of Chris Ballard and the increase in the salary cap, I expect Margus Hunt’s contract to look like this:2 Years, $8,200,000 with $2,850,000 Guaranteed35% of the Contract is Guaranteed$4,100,000 Average Per YearThis contract is very similar to what other players have been demanding in free agency. The 35% guaranteed number is consistent with what Ballard offers to his players; he tends to reduce the amount of money guaranteed and makes it up in bonuses and higher base salaries. This contract also takes into account the projected 7-8% increase in the salary cap.

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