Houston Texans running back Arian Foster might not be calling NRG Stadium his home for much longer.
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Foster's Days in Houston Could Be Numbered
Wednesday, Jan. 13
The injury-plagued Foster has anything but a secure future with the Texans. He's missed 25 games over the past three seasons, including 12 due to two separate injuries in 2015.
Foster has provided a cap hit of over $8 million in each of his last four seasons and will provide an $8.925 million hit in 2016, the last year of his five-year, $43.5 million deal, per Spotrac.
It's a hefty price for a Texans team that is simply not getting enough time out of him.
“Well, we’ll have to see how healthy [Foster] is,” team owner Bob McNair said Wednesday, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “But until we know that, there’s really not much you can think about.”
Yet multiple sources, according to Wilson, expect the Texans to release Foster, giving him an opportunity to sign with another team.
Houston could restructure the four-time Pro Bowler's contract in order to soften the blow of his cap hit. But if the Texans are set on releasing him, they will have to do so before free agency begins in March, according to Wilson.
Due to an Achilles injury that sidelined him for the season after Week 7, Foster still has six to nine months more to recover. Wilson noted a full recovery is expected.
When healthy, Foster is one of the most unstoppable backs in the game. He is a perennial 1,000-yard rusher when playing for most of the season and provides a steady set of hands out of the backfield.
If he tries to rely on those past accomplishments and is unwilling to budge, then his days in Houston seem numbered.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.