Originally Posted by Dutchrudder
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see Quin, Casey and/or Barwin test free agency only to come back to the Texans. Chris Myers did this last year and got a good deal from us while threatening to go to the Titans. It happens every year, and sometimes the Texans are the team hosting the guy that's trying to get more money from his old team.
I'm really glad that the NFL does free agency well before the draft, unlike the NBA. I think it makes a lot of sense, because it's much easier to fill holes through the draft than trying your luck in free agency.
If FA was after the draft you would know what holes were on your team and those holes would be filled in FA. The market for FA's would be different too.
However, if FA were done last GM's would be under more pressure and I would hate to think about how Rick would respond under the gun.