Eight NFL teams used the franchise tag by the league deadline at 3 p.m. CT on Monday. The Texans were not one of them.
No Texans players received the franchise or transition tags for the 2013 NFL free agency signing period. Free safety
Because the Texans did not tag any of their players, all of their unrestricted free agents will be free to test the open market when free agency begins on March 12. The Texans have publicly identified Quin and outside linebacker
Among the Texans’ other impending free agents are starting nose tackle
The only time in their 11-year history that the Texans have used the franchise tag was in 2009, on cornerback Dunta Robinson. Robinson left via free agency to the Atlanta Falcons the following offseason.