The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson wrote, "The Texans are making a serious run at New England Patriots free agent left tackle Nate Solder, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly".
Out of respect, the Browns are giving Thomas all the time and space he needs to make his decision. But at least on Wednesday, the Browns will have a clearer vision of how they'll approach the rest of their offseason as they enter the new league year.
Thomas is recovering from a season-ending torn triceps muscle suffered last October.
The Browns have about $78 million in salary cap room available. Solder is easily the best tackle on the market, and Cleveland has the money to price everyone else out if they want him.
It was just a year ago that Cleveland made Kevin Zeitler the highest-paid guard in National Football League history.
Browns star tackle Joe Thomas has not informed the team of his future plans as Cleveland prepares to sign free agents. Left tackles are so coveted that Solder is likely to get at least $14 million a year from the team that signs him.
I don't think they're going to have Hubbard protecting their quarterback's blind side either.
The moves could potentially provide insight into how the Browns feel about which way Thomas is leaning.