Apr 27, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans helmet on a table during a press conference to introduce first round draft pick defensive end Whitney Mercilus of Illinois at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans 2013 Free Agency Preview

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This article was written by Blake Lovell of Toro Times.

It’s no secret that this is a huge off-season for the Texans. If they want to be an elite team, they have keys decisions to make in terms of how they balance things to keep the players they want to keep, and bring in the players they want to bring in.

As we saw during the second half of last season, there are some areas in need of major fixing. Otherwise, they may have already reached their ceiling in terms of what this specific nucleus is able to accomplish.

There are concerns on both sides of the ball. On offense, adding new playmakers is essential. A big chunk of that involves the wide receiver position. We know what Andre Johnson can do. But it’s time to add a true deep threat on the opposite side of him. The Texans aren’t gonna find another Andre Johnson in free agency, we know that. However, they have to at least make a play on someone that will be able to come in and be a dangerous threat down the field. This is an absolute must. Johnson’s not getting any younger and they have to address getting someone else in there with huge upside and potential in this offense.

On defense, the secondary needs help. Especially at free safety, since it’s looking more and more like Glover Quin may not return. The Texans consider him a top priority (as he should be), but the money will be the problem here. I just don’t think he’ll be back and they better start planning for other options at that position. They also need help at inside linebacker, and that will likely be a focus in the early couple rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft in April.

The Texans know what they need and now they just have to go get it. Easier said than done though.

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