The first week of NFL free agency in 2013 was highlighted by an abundance of new deals. Unrestricted free agents (UFA) moved to new teams in many cases, while some decided neither the grass nor the money was greener elsewhere.
The Houston Texans kicked off the free-agent frenzy by releasing WR Kevin Walter, who had been with the team since 2006. Over the next seven days their top three UFAs, SS Glover Quin, OLB Connor Barwin and FB/TE James Casey, signed contracts with other teams.
Ed Reed, longtime FS of the Baltimore Ravens, made a trip to Houston in hopes of his becoming the replacement for Quin. He did not sign a contract and left town with nothing but speculation in the wake of his departure.
A look into our crystal ball at who will be the regular-season starters for the Texans indicates most positions are set. The majority of the lineup remains intact, which includes nine Pro Bowl selections. Things get a bit cloudier when trying to figure out who will replace those four ex-Texans.
There are also questions concerning RT Derek Newton and ILB Brian Cushing and their recoveries from surgery. In an interview from the Texans All Access radio show on March 19, Head Coach Gary Kubiak made it clear both would not be healthy enough for participation in OTAs. Presumably they will be ready to go once training camps rolls around.