September 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans strong safety Glover Quin (29) sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) during the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Profootballtalk.com is reporting that the Houston Texans are planning to use the franchise tag on strong safety Glover Quin. He would make close to $7 million, and it would be well-deserved. According to Pro Football Focus, Quinn ranked 11th in the NFL among all safeties in stops. Quinn is regarded as one of the best blitzing defensive backs in the league, as he was ninth in the league in quarterback hurries. He was also second in the league in passes defensed.
If Quinn isn’t tagged, he’ll be one of the hottest commodities once free agency begins March 9th.
The Miami Dolphins are contemplating whether or not to use the tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks, who is coming off back-to-back seasons of 4.5 sacks. For Starks, the tag would mean a one-year deal that would pay him $8.45 million. Offensive tackle Jake Long and cornerback Sean Smith are also candidates to receive the tag.
For the Tennessee Titans, the tag is expected to be placed on tight end Jared Cook, which will only pay him $4.5 million in 2013.