Texans Could Hold Off On Signing A Free Agent RB For Now

     

Update:

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Texans may now hold off on signing a free agent running back after they were unable to work out a deal with Pierre Thomas.

  • According to Rapoport, the Texans like their current group of young running backs and want to get them more reps this summer.

As of now, the Texans have Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, Chris Polk and Kenny Hilliard on their roster at running back.

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Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that there’s nothing happening between the Texans and free agent RBs Chris Johnson and BenJarvus Green-Ellis right now. However, Wilson concedes that this could change quickly.

It appeared as though the Texans were set to sign former Saints RB Pierre Thomas to a contract following his workout Wednesday, but the two parties were unable to reach an agreement on a contract.

Houston also worked free agent RBs Ben Malena and Joe McKnight, so they’re worth keeping an eye on the coming days.

The Texans will have to sign a running back at some point in the near future now that Arian Foster will miss a portion of the 2015 season.

Johnson, 29, was, unfortunately, involved drive by shooting back in March that took the life of a close friend who was sitting next to him in a car.

In 2014, Johnson ran for 663 yards on 155 carries (4.3 YPC) to go along with 24 receptions for 151 yards receiving and two total touchdowns during the 2014 season. Pro Football Focus rated Johnson as the No. 46 running back out of 57 qualifying players

Green-Ellis, 30, hasn’t found any reported interest in nearly a year, so this is somewhat surprising to hear.

He last appeared in an NFL game for the Bengals during the 2013 season when he ran for 756 yards on 220 carries (3.4 YPC) to go along with seven touchdowns.

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