How will Texans fill free agent holes?
The NFL’s franchise tag deadline has come and gone and the Texans didn’t use it on Glover Quin. Or anyone else.
Quin is the Texans’ biggest offseason priority but the team elected not to slap the franchise tag on the safety and it’s not a surprise. The tag on a safety this year would pay Quin around $6.9 million with the same cap hit.
The Texans are up against it in terms of cap room this season and they still have plenty of other free agents they’d like to sign, so that big cap hit probably didn’t look very appealing.
But all this doesn’t mean the Texans don’t want to bring back Quin. In fact, it likely means the opposite. Now they’ll try to sign Quin to a longterm back-loaded deal with a minimal cap hit in 2013.
Immediately after the season, Quin said he wanted to return to Houston and thought a deal would be possible to get done. It still appears it’s possible.
Free agency begins on March 12. But this year, the NFL has instituted a three-day period before free agency begins for teams and agents to meet before a formal contract expires. The This was surely happening before this rule was in place, but the rule helps the league avoid tampering charges.
Quin will be a commodity on the free agent market. He’s one of the top five safeties who will be on the open market this offseason.
If the Texans are able to keep him, they’ll keep their core secondary intact with corners Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph and safety Danieal Manning.
The Texans will also likely try to re-sign other free agents, Connor Barwin, James Casey and Brice McCain, too.