The deadline for NFL teams to use the franchise tag is tomorrow (March 4th) at 3 p.m. CST. As I type this, the Texans have not re-signed any of their impending free agents.
While the Texans would surely like to keep several of the players eligible for free agency, the only realistic candiate, at least in the minds of most fans, to potentially get hit with the franchise tag is Glover Quin. As the SB Nation article above notes, franchising Quin would mean guaranteeing him $6,916,000.00 in salary (and cap space) for the 2013 season. The Texans could franchise Quin to buy themselves more time as they work toward a long-term extension. If the team doesn't franchise Quin and the parties haven't agreed on an extension by tomorrow at 3 p.m. CST, that would result in Quin hitting the open market and thus available to be signed by any team when free agency begins on March 12th.
Thus, we'll be watching for smoke from the proverbial chimney of Reliant Park over the next twenty-seven hours. What's your take on the situation--will the Texans franchise Glover Quin? Or any other player, for that matter?