Aaron Schobel will remain retired -- for now.
"Part of me wanted to do it," Schobel said Tuesday. "It wasn't meant to be. We couldn't agree on terms. They saw me for what I am today and not for what I can be. It's over."
Schobel, 33, spent his entire nine-year career with the Buffalo Bills, receiving trips to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and '07. He makes his home in Columbus, Texas, and the Texans and Schobel had maintained a mutual interest when the player announced he was contemplating retirement.
"They have a lot of good players and are on the right track," Schobel said of the 2-1 Texans after his workout. "It would have been hard for my ego to be a role player."
The Texans didn't land Schobel, but they did sign veteran cornerback Karl Paymah, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported, citing a league source.
Paymah, a free agent, has worked out for several teams recently, and the Texans signed him to shore up their pass defense, which was ranked 16th in the NFL after Week 3.
Paymah played for the Minnesota Vikings last season after spending the first four years of his career with the Denver Broncos. He has 128 tackles, three interceptions and one forced fumble in 72 NFL games.