Predicting the Houston Texans' Free-Agent Signings

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Predicting the Houston Texans' Free-Agent Signings
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Glover Quin

Monday, March 4th, was the day prospective free agents could be retained with the franchise tag. It represents the opening salvo of NFL free agency, and only eight players were so designated. 

Now comes the hard part, particularly for cap-strapped organizations like the Houston Texans. Their list of unrestricted free agents (UFA) is long and potentially painful.

SS Glover Quin is considered to be their primary target for re-signing, but not for the $6.9 million a franchise-tagged safety would cost them. Likewise OLB Connor Barwin will not be asked to return for the $9.6 million his position warrants. 

Head Coach Gary Kubiak, GM Rick Smith and resident capologist Chris Olsen, the VP of Football Administration, will have to plot out a strategy that lets them build on their recent success without sacrificing their long-term future. 

This will involve a multi-step process of renegotiations, releases and reshuffling before the roster for the 2013 season finally takes shape.

All salary cap figures are provided courtesy of unless otherwise noted.

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