After losing Glover Quin to the Detroit Lions, the Houston Texans are in dire need of help at the safety spot. Luckily for them, the free agency market is strewn with talent at the position, from young playmakers to wily veterans.
In an effort to give themselves an extra avenue to filling the void left by Quin, the Texans have reportedly reached out to free agent Charles Woodson, formerly of the Green Bay Packers.
“Carl Poston, who reps Charles Woodson, says Texans have contacted him [a]bout Woodson, who’s in San Fran. Ed Reed visiting first,” said John McClain, Texans beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, via Twitter.
A 15-year veteran with experience as both a cornerback and safety, Woodson could provide some versatility to the Texans defense with his ability to play multiple positions. He’s also a skilled blitzer, something that would bode well for DC Wade Phillips and his attacking 3-4 defense.
As McClain mentions, the Texans have already scheduled a meeting with Reed, formerly of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The equally-accomplished veteran is looking to continue his NFL career for another season or two, and proved in 2012 that he still has something left in the tank. If Reed leaves Houston without a deal, Woodson will likely be the Texans’ backup plan.
Despite the legitimate possibility that the Texans will land either Reed or Woodson, the fact remains that Quin’s departure is a huge hit for the Houston defense. They’ve lost one of the key components to their secondary and won’t get the same type of production from either of the aging free agents.
Getting older and frailer isn’t going to help the Texans overcome their playoff woes.