Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has once again had an injury stricken season, and, according to the Houston Chronicle, via Pro Football Talk, the team might be getting fed up with it.
We already know that the Texans are likely to be in the hunt for a quarterback after the poor showing of the several quarterbacks they used during the regular season, but if Foster is going out of the door, a new running back might be on the way as well.
The 29-year-old, who will turn 30 before the start of the 2016 season, is coming off a torn Achilles tendon, which occurred on October 25 against the Miami Dolphins. He is set to make a non-guaranteed $6.5 million in base salary next season, along with a $500,000 roster bonus to be paid at a $31,250 rate per game active. This is the final year of his five-year, $43.5 million deal with the team.
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He is set to make a non-guaranteed $6.5 million in base salary next season, along with a $500,000 roster bonus to be paid at a $31,250 rate per game active. This is the final year of his five-year, $43.5 million deal with the team.
Why it is so attractive for the Texans to trade or release Foster now is that he only has a dead cap of $2.3 million, the lowest it has been in his contract.
The Texans could readjust his contract for his final year, but with the amount of injuries he's had over the years, it might not be worth it. The last time Foster played the full 16 regular season games was four years ago back in 2012.
Bob McNair, the Texans' owner has said recently it is too soon to make the call on Foster's future with the franchise. He said: “Well, we’ll have to see how healthy he is. But until we know that, there’s really not much you can think about.”
Foster would definitely be picked up if he was to depart from the Texans this offseason, but it's difficult to see him earning himself a starting job elsewhere because of his injury problems. The Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, and the New York Giants look like teams that would bid for him, but whether or not they have the cap room for him is a different story.