With running back stud Arian Foster set to miss at least nine weeks of the 2015 NFL season the Houston Texans have been desperately searching to add to their options in the back field over the past 24 hours.
The franchise had three players in for workouts on Wednesday and had hoped to sign Super Bowl champion and former New Orleans Saint, Pierre Thomas, to a deal.
That move fell apart last night however with Thomas leaving Houston unsigned. Now a report from the Houston Chronicle has revealed exactly what the issue was.
According to the Chronicles' Aaron Wilson, Houston's offer of a one-year veteran's minimum contract was deemed unacceptable by Pierre Thomas and his team.
The deal would have been worth $870,000, none of which would have been guaranteed. With the running back having reportedly already turned down higher offers from other teams this offseason it should perhaps come as no surprise to see both sides fail to reach an agreement.
There was some positive news for those hoping to see Thomas be the man to step in and attempt to fill the very big Arian Foster void.
According to the same report:
"A source with knowledge of the situation not authorized to speak publicly indicated that talks could be revisited."
Such is the timing of Foster's groin injury that the Houston Texans are not blessed with options in terms of replacements - the majority of free agent running backs already off the market.
Although Alfred Blue stepped in at times in 2014 and showed his potential, adding the experience (and pass-catching ability) of Pierre Thomas would be a solid move should the Texans come back with a better offer.
If not, the likes of Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson and even Ray Rice remain on the free agent market as we approach the first pre-season games.