The Houston Texans have put themselves in a sticky situation regarding the heart and soul of a defense that carried them for much of the 2012 NFL season. Glover Quin is a free agent and led the Texans in tackles last season with 65.
Quin switched positions prior to this year as he went from Defensive Back to Free Safety and the 26-year-old showed little to no growing pains. However, the New York Jets are now talking about replacing Laron Landry with Quin who would definitely give the Jets poor defense a kick in the rear. That would be a big blow to the Texans and head coach Gary Kubiak knows it as he had this to say about Quin “He’s not only a heck of a player for us, he’s a leader in our locker room in what we do; class act.”
Kubiak can praise the Free Agent all he’d like, but unless General Manager Rick Smith is willing to pay Quin to lead this team into battle again in 2013 he could be wearing Jets green next year.
Quin brings a lot to the negotiation table as no other Texan has more tackles since 2010 racking up 247 in total. Durability isn’t an issue with this guy as he has played in all 48 games the last three years and missed just one game in his rookie campaign. With defensive backs dropping like flies Quin’s versatility is perhaps his greatest feature.
I understand that Connor Barwin is also a top-priority for the Texans this year and rightfully so, but letting a secondary player like Quin walk may be devastating in such a passing league.