Texans 2013 Salary Situation: Breaking Down Houston's Current Cap Status

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IMarch 12, 2013

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22:  Head coach Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans talks with Matt Schaub #8 while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Houston won the game 34-31. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans are not blessed with the salary cap space of their division rivals, but don't expect the team to be completely silent when free agency opens Tuesday afternoon. 

Houston has several in-house free agents to take care of, including 10 who played at least 300 snaps last season. Given the team's current cap room, it remains unlikely all of the free agents are back in Houston in 2013.

However, important players such as safety Glover Quin, linebacker Connor Barwin and tight end/fullback James Casey are impending free agents and should be priorities for Houston. 

According to Spotrac, the Texans currently have $11.6 million in cap space (current as of Thursday, March 21.)

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Here's how the Texans arrived at their current cap space (will update as signings, re-signings and releases come in):

March 20: The Texans signed veteran safety Ed Reed to a two-year deal, per Jason La Canfora. Financial details were not immediately known.

March 18: The Texans re-signed slot cornerback Brice McCain to a three-year deal, per John McClain.  

March 12: Texans released veteran receiver Kevin Walter, per Adam Schefter. The move saved $2.5 million in cap space. Houston needed to clear room, and this move opens the door for the club finding a better overall option at No. 2 receiver.

March 11: Texans signed TE Phillip Supernaw, per Aaron Wilson. Details of the contract have not been disclosed. The deal is not expected to be much more than the league minimum.