FA Quin wants to be back, is optimistic

FA Quin wants to be back, is optimistic
January 14, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Safety Glover Quin stood at his locker surrounded by a conglomerate of media members on Monday morning at Reliant Stadium.

He talked about some individual plays from the team’s loss to the Patriots, talked about the way things went and made the realization that the team will have the whole offseason to think about its mistakes.

It might have been the last time Quin talked as a Texan but he hopes not. His teammates hope not too.

Quin, the elder statesman of the Texans’ secondary, just finished his fourth and last season under contract with the Texans. This is the first time in his career that he’ll be a free agent and he wants to be back.

“Definitely, I would like to be here,” Quin said. “I love this organization. I love this city. I love the fans. I love this team. I’d love to be here. I hope everything works out to where I can be here but we’ll just have to see.”

Quin was taken in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of New Mexico. He had 85 tackles, 14 passes defended and two interceptions in 2012. He has started 59 games in four seasons.

“I’m pretty optimistic,” Quinn said about returning. “I feel like it could get done. I don’t see why it couldn’t get done.”

So how important is it that the Texans resign Quin?
“Extremely!” Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. “I think they understand that from a standpoint as well. He’s a vocal leader back there in the secondary. He’s been here the longest out of everybody as a Houston Texan in the secondary. I think he’s a leader. He’s a guy who’s hard to replace. You can’t put a value on a guy like him.”

Over the past four seasons, since he entered the league, Quin has more tackles (251), passes defended (48) than any other Texan to go along with the third most amount of starts (59).

But the biggest value in keeping Quin isn’t just about Quin. The entire secondary has been together for two seasons now. Kareem Jackson was drafted and the Texans brought in Danieal Manning and Joseph before the beginning of last season. Including another free agent, nickel corner Brice McCain, all five members of the secondary have played together for two seasons.

Quin is one of several free agents from this Texans team that the organization will have to make a decision on. NT Shaun Cody, LB Connor Barwin, McCain and Bradie James are also free agents.

“I think they’re going to do a good job of keep (Quin),” Manning said.

Coming into Sunday’s game against the Patriots, Tom Brady named all four members of the Texans’ secondary before saying that it was one of the best units in football.

The Texans just want to keep that group together.

“The teams that win and win for long periods of time, they keep groups together and they just learn to play with each other, play with each other,” Quin said.

“Tight group. Love the fellas. Love the fellas, man!” he continued. “I think the sky’s the limit for us. I think the talent that’s in that group and the ability to go out and play and work together the way we can work together, I think we’re a top unit in this league.”