Top dollar not Mario Williams' top priority

If Mario Williams gets to the open market, the Houston Texans star could become the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

But Williams, who played outside linebacker in Wade Phillips' 3-4 system and is a natural 4-3 rush end, says he is waiting to see if the Texans can make a competitive offer to keep him.

“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 told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s whatever fits best for myself and the team.

“(The 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.”

Williams said that being the highest paid defensive player on the market is not necessarily what he is looking for. Instead, he wants the best fit, and it sounds as if he believes that best fight might still be in Houston, where the cap-strapped Texans could be forced to make some tough financial decisions.

“I’m not worried about that,” Williams said. “It’s really not that big of a deal to me. I was the first pick (in 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.”

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