Houston Texans claim that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenseman Vernon Hargreaves declined to give up Wednesday, the team said.
Hargreaves was released by the Bucks on Tuesday after being lifted last weekend for what coach Bruce Arians thought was a no-brainer.
"He did not appear to be in a hurry to fight," Arians said when asked about Hargreaves, who handed a 55-yard catch to Andy Isabella early in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. "He was chasing someone across the field and not running fast enough."
This is the latest move by Texans to support the latter. They acquired Gareon Conley of the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 21 in exchange for a third round pick. Conley was selected in the first round of the 2017 draft; Hargreaves was selected for the first round in 2016.
The 24-year-old Hargreaves joins a minor who has dealt with injuries for most of the season. Corner veteran Jonathan Joseph plays through shoulder and neck injuries, and cornerback Bradley Robbie has missed the previous three Texans with a knee injury. Rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson also missed Week 9 with a concussion.
Texans have allowed 277.3 passing yards per game, which ranks 29th in the NFL.
Hargreaves, the 11th overall pick in 2016, was the top corner of the Bus. he expected to be a leader, seemed out of focus. Texans also dropped Brighton Bodie-Calhoun off the active roster.
Jenna Line and Sarah Bishop of ESPN contributed to this report.