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Texans Gave Wade Smith More Money Than Chiefs Gave Ryan Lilja

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In the first week of free agency the Kansas City Chiefs lost right guard Wade Smith to the Houston Texans. The Chiefs wanted to keep him but -- and this is just speculation here -- didn't want to pay him as much as the Texans did.

His final bill with the Texans?

Four years, $12 million. 

Those numbers are why I was so surprised to see the Chiefs deal with Ryan Lilja.

Three years, $7.5 million. No word yet on how the guaranteed portions breakdown but it's still a significant amount less than what Smith fetched on the open market.

So what does that mean?

Are the Chiefs just shrewd negotiators? Did Lilja take a hometown discount? Is Lilja less of a player than Smith?

I'm not sure what the case is but I like it.