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At the start of free agency, most experts repeatedly stated that the Texans must do everything in their power in order to retain Glover Quin.
Apparently the Texans did not think as highly of Quin as sportswriters across the nation did. Instead, the Texans let Quin walk, and then they went out and signed future Hall of Famer Ed Reed.
And while Reed is a phenomenal football player who will bring leadership and swagger to the Texans' defense, there are a few downsides to his signing.
First off, he is old. It is unlikely that he will be able to play at a high level for much longer. Reed, also, possesses a very different skill set than Quin: Reed is a ball-hawk and Quin is a run-stuffer.
Having a ball-hawk is great, but the Texans still need a physical run-stopping safety with coverage capabilities who could come in and play effectively if either Reed or Danieal Manning get injured, which is, unfortunately, a likely scenario.
D.J. Swearinger is that guy. A physical beast, Swearinger loves to hit, and he loves to hit hard.
He is excellent against the run, and he is able to, like Quin, diagnose run plays very consistently and attack the hole that the running back will likely attempt to run through.
Swearinger is also capable in coverage, and after an offseason of work with an NFL secondary coach, he could certainly improve minor faults.
Swearinger could be the Texans' safety of the future, and that future is very, very near, due to the advanced ages of both Reed and Manning.