That’s not a good development for Houston, which isn’t going to be able to add a lot in free agency but wanted to work hard to hold together its roster. Quin is a key starter for the Texans, and his versatility -- in terms of coming forward to make tackles, helping against the run or running with receivers in coverage -- is a big cog in Wade Phillips’ system.
Detroit top safety, Louis Delmas, just became an unrestricted free agent.
It’s unclear if the Texans have made any sort of contract proposal to Quin. They passed on a franchise tag worth about $6 million. There are a lot of safety options in free agency and in the draft if the Texans wind up needing to replace Quin.
I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. if he saw any obvious choices among veterans or draft prospects who are Quin-like.
"I don’t think he is as rangy as Quin and has an injury history, but Kenny Phillips of the Giants is a quality safety for sure," he said. "This is a very deep safety draft and while I have a lot of work to still do on draft prospects, guys like Matt Elam, Jonathan Cyprien, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and maybe some other guys in the third-round or later could fit that bill. I am not a DeAngelo Hall fan overall, but some seem to be looking at him as a FS with some Quin-like skills as a bit of a CB/FS hybrid."
Two other Texans free agents, cornerback Brice McCain and inside linebacker Tim Dobbins, reached the market with what appear to be unreasonable expectations. They share an agent in David Canter and he said on Houston radio Tuesday that McCain was worth between $3.5 and $5 million annually and that Dobbins deserves a long-term deal with a signing bonus.
I'm guessing we'll have to see what Canter thinks of the value of those two clients in two weeks, when he doesn’t get a sniff of deals like he’s envisioning.