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Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:39 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 12:09 pm
 
Everyone in Houston, including Foster, should be celebrating on Monday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Arian Foster, the NFL's leading rusher in 2010 and a restricted free agent to be, was priority No. 1 on the Texans offseason to-do list. Houston can put a check by his name, as they've extended the running back for the next five years.

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That news, originally reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, was confirmed by Mike McCartney, Foster's agent. Foster's contract is reportedly worth $43.5 million over the life of the deal, with a guaranteed $20.75 million. The running back will also reportedly make $30 million over the first three years of the contract.

As McClain noted, it is indeed a "major coup" for both the Texans and Foster. Foster told CBSSports.com at the Super Bowl that he "100 percent" wanted to be back with the Texans.

Houston's issue was that if they used the restricted free agent tender on Foster, a team with an extra first-round pick (hello, Cincinnati) could conceivably make him an offer and lure him away. Or, at the very least, force the Texans to match without a contract they didn't negotiate.

The Texans likely would've been forced to use the franchise tag on Foster, meaning he would get $7.7 million guaranteed. They're already hampered enough by salary-cap issues without loading that digit onto their balance sheet.

For Foster, the long-term money is big. He's the ultimate NFL success story, going from an undrafted free agent to the league's leading rusher in 2010. In 2011, Foster missed three starts because of an injury he suffered in the preseason, but he still managed to pile up over 1,200 yards.

He's a perfect fit in Gary Kubiak's offense, and by making a deal with Foster now, the Texans essentially own his rights until he's 30, when most running backs careers begin to trend downhill.

Now comes the interesting part: how will Foster's contract affect the rest of the running-back market? Foster's deal is very similar to that of DeAngelo Williams (Williams got $43 million over five years with $21 million guaranteed) which is great news for guys like Ray Rice and Matt Forte.

Rice reportedly wanted "Adrian Peterson money" but that wasn't happening. But contracts similar to what Williams got weren't out of the question, even though Williams contract really seemed to throw the market out of whack relative to the Panthers running back's value. Now Foster's deal only solidifies the market: Five years, $43 million and $20 million guaranteed is a starting point for guys like Rice and Forte going forward.

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Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

I am with you ...for this year...but I was referring to a career and track record. Foster is always on the mend and a huge question mark..If I am building a team there are several i would take before him.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:14 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal



I am a Bengal fan...so no divisional rivalry..no hate towards the Texans.(excpet the playoff game :(lol,.IMO, being able to stay healthy is # 1 on my list for RB's. The guy is a great back,I will give you that.I am simply saying I will take these other folks first. Mostly because they are durable and have a pedigree in the past. Foster,while very productive seems to be on pins and needles every time he takes the feild if he can stay in a game. He is wayyyy to fragile for my taste. If were talking just talent and stats then he is one of the best...but for me, IMO...if I am building a team,there are several I take before him.  



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:57 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Nati, Adrian Peterson, and Forte both played in 12 games this season while Foster played in 13. You logic contradicts itself, if you said that you would take Ray Rice and Michael Turner that would make sense but since you added Forte and Adrian Peterson to the list of people you would take before Foster than it kinda doesn't make sense.


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Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:45 pm
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Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:01 pm
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Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:16 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Nati55,   Are you saying that Forte and Turner have not missed any games??? I like all the guys you mention here, but why the hate on for Foster? This guy fits perfectly in that offense, and he carried the team to sevaeral wins while Schaub was down. He can run, catch, and block. He is worth the $43 million for sure.

   If I were a GM in the league, I would be happy if you were also a GM :D  Foster is just as good a runner as Turner and a FAR superior receiver. Foster put up almost the same rushing yards as Turner in 3 less games. He also put up 500 more receiving yards, in 3 less games. he had only 1 less touchdown....yes, in 3 less games. Turner has missed 10 games in his 8 year career. you also see that Foster led the post season in rushing yards with 285, so we now know he is a clutch performer. He had 13 more yards than Bradshaw in the playoffs, and 2 more TD's. And he played 2 less games than Bradshaw did.

 Ray Rice played 2 games in playoffs with 127 yds rushing and 0 TD's. In regular season, Rice had 140 more yards and 2 more TD's, but he also has 3 more games to do it.

  AP missed 4 games last year.

  Am I saying that Foster is better, absolutely not. But I am saying that he is equal to these guys, so I don't get the hate. I didn't check what team you pull for, but I am sure that has something to do with your post. The fact is, Foster was 5th in yards and played 2-3 less games than the other top 14.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

@arinze121 - Ray Rice comes to mind, in fact he hasn't been injured in his 4 year pro career. This coming from a 2nd round pick that Pete Prickso stated was wasted because Rice took too much abuse in his college career and wouldn't pan out in the NFL. One thing Foster has going for himself was that he flew under the radar and became a top 5 back, something Ray Rice wasn't projected as either.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Not sure where all the injured comments are coming from exactly.  He's missed 3 games the previous 2 seasons.....try finding many RBs that get 200+ carries that haven't averged to miss 1.5 games ?  Just some bitter fans that can't appreciate talent when it's not on their team



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

I laugh that they only paid this price for Arian Foster, yet Marshawn Lynch gets only about a 1.5 less per year....what the heck was Seattle thinking?  They do realize you pay 7+ for game changing RBs/WRs etc right??? Not guys that average 4 a carry and can't break long ones because they are incredibly slow.  On the subject of Foster though, obviously a good move to lock him up, just perhaps a little pricey even still considering there have been a lot of guys that have looked great early on and gone on to do little to nothing afterwards.  Still, you gotta lock up a guy like Foster if you are the Texans.  My only question is why teams still insist on drafting RBs high and paying them as much as they do.  Hasn't the draft shown you can get a very good guy even outside of round 1?  I mean my own Buffalo Bills drafted CJ Spiller and Marshawn Lynch AND Travis Henry....and the guy that was better than all of them, much better than Beast Mode, was....Fred Jackson out of Coe University....Now I'm not saying the Bills record of late is anything to brag about, but it's pretty obvious they don't need to worry about the RB spot with him in the backfield.  That being said, I'm sure he'll demand 6/7 mil next season himself



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

He's gone...


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