2014 Pro Bowl safety Glover Quin is open to a reunion with the Houston Texans.
The Houston Texans are heading towards free-agency with a need at the safety position adjacent Justin Reid. On the other end of the spectrum, former Texans safety and 2014 Pro-Bowler Glover Quin is entering the period fresh off getting cut by the Detroit Lions after turning 33 in January.
A reunion of the two could be in store, and Quin is ready to make it happen. In an interview with The Pride Podcast on Thursday, after he was released, Quin stated that he asked to be released before the 2018 season. Saying,
"I really don’t want to have to start over, again, in another different direction in Detroit — I kind of felt like I’ve done what I can do, they’re going to start with a new coach, let them start fresh with another player and let me go."
Later in the interview, Quin also noted that he sees a match in Houston, saying,
"My family lives in Houston and I was really missing being around my family — If I’m going to have to start over with a new coach anyway, let me see if I can re-sign in Houston. Yeah, I’ll have to start over with a new coach and everything, but at least I get to come home every day and see my wife and see my kids."
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Texans currently have Andre Hal and Reid as the only safeties that were in the defensive rotation last season that are going into the 2019 season.
Hal graded as the 29th best safety in the NFL with a 72.9 grade, per Pro Football Focus, and will see more snaps in 2019 after being sidelined with Hodgkin lymphoma a year ago. On the other end, Justin Reid had a standout rookie year in 2018 as he ranked as the sites 20th best tackle with a 77.0 grade. Reid was also featured on ESPN’s and Pro Football Focus’ All-Rookie teams.
The Texans depth chart gets even more impressive when you factor in that the team will likely retain either Kareem Jackson or Tyrann Mathieu before or during free agency. Jackson played both safety and cornerback in 2018, but showed his best games in a Texans uniform at safety — he finished the year with an overall grade of 85.7, 5th amongst cornerbacks. However, he will be 31 when he starts the 2019 season.
Mathieu enjoyed a rebound year in his first year with the Texans. The 26-year-old not only provided leadership and toughness, but he also finished the year with a 75.1 grade, good for 21st amongst safeties.
Quin, on the other hand, is coming off a down year after losing snaps to rookie Tracy Walker, dealing with injuries, and going through a schematic change. He finished the year with a 66.1 grade, which put him at the 58th best mark in the NFL amongst safeties, and tallied 74 total tackles, a sack, and three pass deflections in 16 games.
Those are pedestrian numbers considering the Texans already fantastic depth at the position. If Quin were to sign with the Texans, he would likely see fewer snaps than in years prior and perhaps be used primarily used as a nickel safety/linebacker in certain packages much like Morgan Burnett in Pittsburgh during the 2018 season.
However, if Quin were willing to agree to a lesser role to come back to Houston, it’s feasible the Texans could be interested. He would provide yet another veteran voice in an already strong locker room and bolster the depth at the safety position.