Texans sign Paymah, fail to add Schobel

Posted Sept. 29, 2010 @ 10:40 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Texans have reportedly added veteran DB Karl Paymah to their secondary.

The team worked out a host of defensive backs Tuesday, including Al Afalava, Quintin Demps, Victor "Macho" Harris, Chevis Jackson and Paymah, among others, according to an NFL source.

Paymah was originally a third-round pick of the Broncos and spent four seasons in Denver. He played for the Vikings last season and worked with the 49ers in training camp this season before being cut in the final roster cutdown on Sept. 4.

Also on Tuesday, the Texans worked out ex-Bills DE Aaron Schobel, who was believed to be retired. Schobel and the Texans, however, weren't able to agree to terms on a contract.

Schobel was unhappy with the Bills' decision to switch to a 3-4 defense and held out this past offseason. He was released on Aug. 4. In nine seasons with the Bills, Schobel recorded 78 sacks.

The way we see it

The Texans' secondary has been the worst in the league through three games, and Paymah gives the team another option on the back end.

As for Schobel, the Texans tried to sign him after he was released by the Bills. The Texas native has played for Texans assistant head coach/DL coach Bill Kollar in the past and would be a nice fit for a defense that will be without Connor Barwin (ankle) for the remainder of the season.

Getting a consistent pass rush from someone other than Mario Williams has been a concern for the Texans, who have five sacks through three games.