Originally Posted by Lucky
Spotrac has the Texans with a $114,713,930 cap number
(counting the $2.4 million rollover). That would allow enough to franchise Quin (at $6.9 million). But, they shouldn't. Quin is not worth that kind of money and wouldn't approach it on the open market. They should offer him Manning money ($5 mil/season) and if he refuses, let him test the waters. Quin doesn't create enough turnovers to make a big splash in free agency. He has more value to the Texans than another team.
I don't think its a matter of whether or not he's worth the money. I think its ultimately buying the Texans more time to work out a deal w/ out losing him for nothing. It seems other teams are interested in Quin so ensuring that the Texans will be compensated if someone chooses to pursue him sounds like a no-brained imo. If they do apply the tag it seems it is a worst case scenario if he ends up playing under it for the whole season. Quin needs to be re-signed, imo, because he is a quality player who offers versatility having been a former cb. Dunta wasn't a turnover machine & he struck it big in FA, so creating turnovers isn't necessarily a measuring stick on what a player will be offered in free agency imo. It only takes 1 team to act like a fool & overpay a player very similar to the Falcons w/ Dunta.