The Houston Texans shocked a lot of NFL fans and the media alike today as they released Arian Foster.
The running back, arguably one of the greatest players in the history of the Texans franchise, was unceremoniously dumped by Houston after struggling to stay fit over the past couple of seasons.
Foster, who leads the franchise in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, yards per game and total scoring for a non-kicker, will no longer be on the roster, the team announced in a statement earlier today.
Quoted in said statement was Texans general manager Rick Smith, who revealed his immense respect for Foster and wished him luck for the rest of his career.
"There are not many players I respect more than Arian Foster," Smith said.
"He maximized his opportunity as an undrafted college free agent and worked to become the most productive back in franchise history, and one of the most complete backs in the NFL during his tenure with the Texans."
Foster has been a big reason for a lot of the Texans' success over the last few years, despite however limited that has been.
"Arian has contributed much, and meant a great deal to the success of the franchise over the past seven seasons and we wish only the best as he continues his playing career."
Foster, who rushed for 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns with the Texans, both franchise career highs, was due a $6.5 million base salary with a salary-cap number of almost $9 million for the 2016 season.
Smith may have said last week that the decision to release the 29-year-old would not be based on money, but the Texans have saved around $6.6 million with the move.