What Moore's deal means for Quin, Texans

What Moore's deal means for Quin, Texans
March 9, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Another safety is off the market.

On Saturday, the Falcons and William Moore agreed to a new five-year deal.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the deal is worth $30 million, $14 of which is guaranteed.

Moore, 27, was going to be one of the top safeties on the free agent market. Now that Moore has a deal and Jairus Byrd was slapped with a franchise tag by the Bills, Glover Quin's stock will rise.

The Texans didn't use their franchise tag on Quin and it's likely they elected not to because of the high cap number. The tag would have paid Quin $6.9 million in 2013 with the same cap hit. That would have used up most of the Texans' salary cap room.

Instead, the Texans would like to re-sign Quin to a long-term deal with a minimal cap hit in 2013.

Quin is 27, same age as Moore. He's played in 63 games for the Texans (started 59) since being taken in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. Moore just finished the fourth year of his rookie deal too.

If nothing else, it's possible the Moore deal will become a template for Quin and his agent to shoot for. Moore's deal might set the market for the remaining free agent safeties.

Along with Quin, Dashon Goldson, Kenny Phillips, LaRon Landry, Ed Reed and Louis Delmas still remain unsigned.

Free agency doesn't start until Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT but the NFL is in a legal tampering period right now. Quin's agent is allowed to talk to other teams but Quin can only sign a deal with the Texans until free agency begins and players can't talk to other teams -- only agents are allowed.

Basically this tampering window will give players the opportunity to find out how other teams value them on the open market. It's possible Moore found out his best deal was with the Falcons.

It remains to be seen what Quin finds out.

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