Found February 16, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:
PLAYERS: Mario Williams
TEAMS: Houston Texans

Houston Texans linebacker Mario Williams will hit the free agent market once March 13th rolls around and isn’t worried about being a free agent.

“I’m not worried about that,” Williams said Thursday. “It’s really not that big of a deal to me.

“I was the first pick (2006), and I’ve already had everything I really wanted, so my biggest thing is to be in a good position, a good scheme, a good system and continuing my career. Hopefully, it works out.

“It’s always important to be in a position to be successful. That comes with teammates around you, coaching, having that winning attitude. You want to (play) where you can thrive no matter where you are.”

Williams loves playing with the Texans, but he understands the NFL is a business.

“I love it here,” Williams said. “We’ve got everything we need here. The team is right where it needs to be. The pieces fit, but it’s part of business. Whatever happens, happens.”

Williams doesn’t know what the Texans are thinking at this point, since he hasn’t heard anything from them about a potential contract.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Williams said. “I haven’t heard anything. I don’t know what their intentions are.”

Williams isn’t worried about being the highest paid defensive player, money isn’t his number one priority right now.

“I’m not focused on telling my agent, ‘Hey, do this or do that because I want to be the highest-paid (defensive) player,” Williams said. “It’s whatever fits best for myself and the team.

“They (Texans) have to do their thing. I know they have a lot on their plate getting ready for the combine and draft. So I’m just waiting. That’s part of being in this position. I tell my agent to just let me know what’s going on. Whatever he hears he’ll tell me. Once I’m told something (concrete), then we’ll sit down and talk about it. I’m not really worried about it.”

He acknowledges that he feels right at home with the Texans.

“This is home,” he said. “Everything that’s happened here has made such an impact on my life. It’s been great. Hopefully, it continues with whatever decision they make.

“It’s football, and it’s business. I’ve been focused on getting healthy. Coach Kubiak – and I love coach Kubiak to death — told me after the season that it’s a process, and let it play itself out, and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been focused on getting healthy.”

Williams indicated that he’s doing great and is 100 percent healthy after tearing his biceps muscle during the regular season, that ended up landing him on season ending injured reserve.

“I’m doing great,” he said. “I’ve made a speedy recovery. I come to (Reliant Stadium) and work out, eat and play X Box. This is X Box time for me. I don’t watch TV or read the paper.

“I think people know about this than I do. When I go out, people ask me about my contract, and I tell them I don’t know anything, and they think I’m lying, but it’s true. “I’ve been blessed to be in this position. My head’s spinning (but) I’m pretty much relaxing and enjoying the process.”


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