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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, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Nowhere in the definition of "Dominate" does it mention "to win". Quit getting your tighty whitey's in a wad and just accept the fact that Arian Foster has/can/will run all over the Ravens D.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:21 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Great that Arian Foster signed a 5 year deal with the Texans, but sad we don't know the details.
How many more details do you need?  5 years, $43.5 million total, $20.75million guaranteed.  $30million paid in the first 3 years of the contract.  Pretty good detail if you ask me.



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

depending on what the guaranteed money is, it could be a decent deal for both parties.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:56 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Hey Dorkus - Look up the definition of "Dominate", no where does it mention to FAIL, or lose. Something the Texans did 2 times against the Ravens last year. You might want to do yourself a favor and invest in a thesaurus, since you seem to be misinformed or lacking intelligence to determine what the term DOMINATE actually means.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:00 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Great that Arian Foster signed a 5 year deal with the Texans, but sad we don't know the details. Foster is the centerpiece of the Texans offense and along with Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, they should be tough for a long time. I don't know what kind of money he will be getting, but he's worth it. As for Ray Rice and Matt Forte, well, they obviously are dealing with different management.


abbiecomeon
Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:33 am
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Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:19 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

      Yes, Foster had a fine playoff game against B-more and he deserves a lot of credit for that- teams very rarely run well on the Ravens.  But those "old farts" shut Foster and the Texans' offense down effectively in their regular season meeting.  On the serious side, this is a very smart deal on the part of Houston.  The Texans are going to be a real force in the AFC if they keep their team intact over the next 3-4 years or so.    



Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:16 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Well, this will be around the money and years Ray Rice will get. Not Adrian Peterson money.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:16 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Uh, no he never said Foster's career is going downhill, what he said was this keeps him under contract until he's 30 at which time MOST RUNNING BACKS careers begin to start going downhill.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:56 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Yes, dominated Baltimore. As in those old farts couldn't collectively carry his jock that day.


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