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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
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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 9:54 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

lumpoco got lost on the way to the Lifetime Network website.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:53 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Dominated Baltimore in the Playoffs? What r u smokin? To dominate means above ebverything else, to WIN - which they didn't - in fact they lost 2 times to Baltimore last year. Yeah, that's domination, dork!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:50 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

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. 

Is Brinson high on drugs? In the beginning of his article he talks about what a great move the Texans made in locking up Foster long term but he ends by saying that Foster's career is going downhill. 

This move is bad for the Texans. Foster is overrated or injury-proned....and last year he showed that he was both! There are plenty of running backs coming out of college who have more talent, heart and desire than Foster and they won't cost the Texans so much money. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:47 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Championship.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:43 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

At the risk of being called crazy part of me thinks he's the best back in the league. While he may not be the best pure runner (although he's damn close) he combines that with his pass catching abilities and protection. He completely dominated cincinatti and baltimore in the playoff and is deserving of best back in the league money.



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:32 am
 

Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Well deserved, the guy was 90% of the offense. That might change next season with Schaub and A.Johnson coming back from injuries which makes this offense more dangerous.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:20 am
 

Report: Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Very good news for the Texans.  Locking up a guy like Arian Foster shows they know how to make their stars happy.  Guys like him and Andre Johnson shouldn't even have to say anything, their contracts should just work themselves out.  You pay your studs, keep them happy, don't allow the media to make a big deal out of things.  The Bears should look at how the Texans handled their guy.  Even Marshawn Lynch got a contract, why won't the Bears make Matt Forte happy?  Forte is a stud, his team needs to show him that they value all he does.  Good job on the Texans part though. 



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:12 am
 

Report: Texans, Arian Foster reach five-year deal

Great news for Texans fans.  Even if he does come with a hefty price tag, if this kid can stay healthy, it will make Houston big time contenders for the AFC not only for this coming season, but for the forseeable future.  Wow, is he ever an explosive and exciting player to watch. 

Like Matt Forte, Arian Foster has done nothing but perform and give the club a reason to pay him.  Now, if only the Packers could find a RB like him......  :)



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