Franchise has a pair of 'options' to consider

Decision time is looming for teams with young, high-priced quarterbacks who have underachieved during their careers. For the Houston Texans, in fact, decision time on David Carr, the top overall player chosen in 2002 but a quarterback who seems to have regressed over the last two seasons, is only about two months away.

That's because the Texans only have until the final game of the regular season to execute a buy-back clause in Carr's contract that enables the franchise to retain him. Under the terms of the seven-year contract Carr signed as a rookie, the final three seasons of the deal were voidable. Carr has already reached sufficient performance levels to cancel those three years, and technically, his contract expires at season's end, making him eligible for unrestricted free agency.