The Houston Texans were seemingly on the verge of making a splash with the signing of safety Earl Thomas. However, it appears the recent reports of a setback have now resulted in negotiations falling through.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans will no longer be signing Thomas:
The Texans won’t be signing Earl Thomas.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 29, 2020
In their attempts to fortify their secondary, the Texans scheduled workouts with a number of safeties heading into Week 4. Thomas emerged as the most notable name of the bunch as reports indicated that the team would taste no time in signing him after he had taken an off-site physical ahead of his scheduled workout. It now remains to be seen if he is still in discussion for a looming deal.
Thomas was released by the Baltimore Ravens during training camp following a fight with safety Chuck Clark. Despite his unceremonious departure, prospects were still bright for the seven-time Pro Bowler coming off a 2019 campaign that saw him register 47 tackles, four passes defended and two interceptions en route to Pro Bowl honors. Regardless, he remains without a team almost a quarter into the season following the recent turn of events.
Meanwhile, the Texans are still left with some rather notable voids to fill over the top of their defense after placing starting safety A.J. Moore on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. With the team still looking for its first win of the 2020 NFL season, they will need to make a move soon before their 0-3 hole continues to dig deeper.