After a tough Wild Card Weekend matchup, it looks like the Houston Texans will be in the market for not only a starting quarterback, but a top running back as well.
According to Sports Illustrated:
"The Houston Texans are expected to release running back Arian Foster, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
The 29-year-old played in only four games this season after undergoing groin surgery and then sustaining a torn Achilles. He is owed a non-guaranteed $6.5 million next season, resulting in a $8.925 million hit to the Texans’ salary cap.
The Texans could attempt to restructure Foster’s contract, but may decide to simply part ways with their former star.
The major issue is whether Foster, who has a history of soft tissue injuries, can stay healthy enough to be effective on the field."
There is no question that Foster is one of the more talented backs in the league. Unfortunately, he has not been able to put together a healthy season. With the addition and sudden emergence of Alfred Blue, it looks like Foster would have difficulty making it into the field on a consistent basis.
Additionally, Foster's monstrous contract puts the Houston Texans in a difficult situation; should they restructure Foster's deal or cut bait?
Moreover, where could the talented, yet troubled, running back land if he is cut loose?
Come to the dark side, Arian Foster. We are your only hope.
Bill Belichick is notorious for bringing in troubled or ailing stars and milking out every bit of good (or evil, in this case) they have left in them. At the age of 29, Foster has a lot of football left. With the right coaches, trainers and medical staff around him, there is no doubt that he could still put together an effective second half of his career.
With LeGarrette Blount and Steven Jackson almost certainly not returning, and the uncertainty of Dion Lewis, the Patriots could use another running back in the backfield to keep everyone on their toes. A low-risk, high-reward type of deal would benefit both parties, and could even garner Foster a ring.
Is it likely? No. Is it fun to talk about? Absolutely.
By Pete Packowski