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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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Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal



I agree, He is not the best...you have to be on the feild to be the best...He is one of the most TALENTED but not the best. Backs I would ratehr have than Foster:

Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson,Micheal Turner, Matt Forte....and for the record I would take Turner,Forte and Rice over Peterson because he has some injury trouble of late too.    



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:05 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

OVERRATED....look, the guy is a FANTASTIC back...when he is on the feild. I played 2 seasons of Madden this year and he got hurt and out for the year in both of them!! I know its Madden but WOW...he is the same way in real life. Why this article makes referance to (Cincinnati) is beyond me...I am a HUGE Bengal fan and I didnt want anything to do with him. I would rather have Micheal Bush...or trade up and try and get Trent Richardson. The guy is a great talent but that means nothing from the sideline.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Dominate - to occupy a more elevated or superior position. (sports definition)

Sounds like a good definition to me although the term is widely used outside of sports.

Did Foster run on the Ravens in one game, ok...but did he dominate?
5 yards a carry on avg vs. the Ravens IS quite good but to dominate indicates the Texan should have won at least one game.
Which they didn't...and BTW, Foster was 15 for 49 yards in the 1st game, that is SHEER Dominance!

I mean what do you then DEFINE as dominate, from your tainted perspective?



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

El-Duderino74 wrote: 5 years for a walking injury?? Wow.


Yes, in 13 games last season, Foster put up 1200+ yds and 10+ TDs. Those are some serious numbers so yes... he deserves the 5-year deal. If he tails off at the end, he'll be a cap casualty... just like other guys in the NFL... If he holds up, the money's well worth it. No brainer from a Texans' standpoint.



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

What now with Mario?




Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

5 years for a walking injury?? Wow.

This is great news for Matt Forte.  



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:33 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Oh boy!  Matt Forte is going to get paid real good once the Bears realize they're being painted into a corner by these RB signings around the league!



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

lol... Arian Foster is not the best runningback in the league. He runs behind the best O-Line in the league, arguably.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

One in the bank and get the other one.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

i think thats a steal for the best running back in the league.


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