Another big name running back will reportedly be available on the open market shortly.
The Houston Texans are expected to release long-time running back Arian Foster this offseason, after another season cut short due to injury.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle has heard from multiple sources that believe Foster will be released, due in part to his variety of injury issues. Foster is coming off a torn Achilles and set to make a non-guaranteed $6.5 million in base salary next season. While Foster is productive when healthy, Texans' owner Bob McNair he isn't surprised when Foster gets hurt because “it seems like every year [Foster’s] had a soft tissue injury.”
Foster is turning 30 years old this August, and is likely heading towards the twilight of his NFL career. He seems to have developed a hardened outlook towards the game as time goes on.
“I watch zero football. I swear,” Foster recently told actor Michael Rapaport in a podcast, via theHouston Chronicle. “Of course, I used to be a super fan growing up. Once you see the business side, you see it differently. I’m pondering entering the last couple, 3-4 years of my career and I’m thinking about what life will be like after football and I’m looking at the game differently. I look at it more like, ‘I hope these guys come out healthy because they’ve got families.’ It’s not just entertainment to me any more. I see the men and the humans behind it. It’s a vantage point that not a lot of people get to see. I still do enjoy the game. I love it, but it’s just hard for me to watch it from a fan perspective.”
He also stated that players must look out for themselves while they can, and not worry about being called greedy for needing a big payday. In a world where owners are able to cut a player at any moment, Foster feels no guilt and believes that a double standard is applied to players when it comes to the business side of sports.
“He’s doing what is best for him and his family,” Foster said of the player who asks for more. “It’s a business move. People don’t think about that. They don’t look at you as a human anymore once you make a certain amount of money.”
Foster was also critical of Thursday night games, as the short week benefits some, but hinders others in his mind.
“I don’t want it to sound like I’m complaining,” Foster said. “I’m not complaining, I love what I do. I’m very . . . I don’t want to say privileged because that’s disrespectful to the work I’ve put in and everybody else put in, but I’m just very grateful for the opportunity to play in the NFL.”
When healthy Foster has been extremely productive. In just 13 games in 2014 he rushed for 1,246 yards. From 2010-2012, he rushed for 1,616, 1,224 and 1,424 yards and led the NFL in rushing once (2010), carries (2012) and rushing TDs (2010, 2012).
Although his injury history will likely play a big part in where he ends up, expect many teams to try and get their hands on a rusher like Foster, who despite his faults, remains an explosive playmaker.
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