Antonio Smith formed a great pass rush duo for the Houston Texans
Antonio Smith was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 and was one of the reasons the Cardinals appeared in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa. When he surprisingly chose to leave the defending NFC Champions and sign with the Texans, it didn’t make much sense at the time.
Smith had been through some terrible Arizona years and then just minutes away from a Super Bowl Title. But a 5 year, $35M contract will be enough to make anyone sign somewhere else after making less than $1M per season.
His 2011 season was his lone Pro Bowl selection of his career, and the Texans later let him walk after the 2013 season. Smith did form a great duo with J.J. Watt. Smith lucked into being on the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 championship team.
Smith signed a one-year deal with the Texans and hardly played in 2016, and was out of the league by end of the year.