Although ProFootballTalk mentioned "persistent buzz" that Quin will draw the franchise tag, the always reliable John McClain of the Houston Chronicle believes otherwise.
"The reason the Texans aren't using the franchise tag on a player like Quin is because he would get $6.9 million this year," writes McClain, "which would use almost all of their current (salary) cap."
If the Texans do lose Quin to another team, they could devote more money to long-term contracts for fellow free agents Connor Barwin, James Casey and Brice McCain. Extending the deals of defensive end Antonio Smith and linebacker Brian Cushing -- each of whom are entering contract years -- would free up even more cap space.
Outside of keeping their own free agents, the Texans also must fill needs at wide receiver, inside linebacker, offensive line and backup nose tackle. If Quin seeks greener pastures, free safety will be added to the Texans' shopping list.Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.