Houston Texans release veteran RB Arian Foster
The Texans have released one of the greatest players in franchise history.
Arian Foster, the franchise’s all-time leader 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 Thursday.
“There are not many players I respect more than Arian Foster jersey,” general manager Rick Smith said in a statement Thursday. “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. Arian has contributed much, and meant a great deal to the success of the franchise over the past seven seasons and we wish him only the best as he continues his playing career.”
Shortly after being released, Foster reflected on his time with the Texans in an Instagram post:
“I’ve got (seven) years of beautiful memories with teammates, staff and coaches I’ll never forget,” Foster wrote. “Thank you all for being a part of this journey. People that I call friends and brothers have all contributed to the success of what we did on the field, and also to the person that I am off …”
Foster’s agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted in support of his client: “What a great RUN @ArianFoster had with the @HoustonTexans! Thanks to the Texans & I’m personally excited what lies ahead for Arian! Wholesale NFL jerseys from China with free shipping.”
Foster, 29, had an incredible stretch in Houston. The former undrafted free agent, buoyed by his versatile skill set and shrewd understanding of the zone blocking system, racked up 4,264 yards and 41 touchdowns over a three-year span between 2010 and 2012. In that time, he also caught more than 100 passes for 1,438 yards and six touchdowns.
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Unfortunately, Foster suffered from injury issues like most players at the position eventually do. He underwent microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery, which prematurely ended his 2013 season after just eight games. A comeback season in 2014 — 1,246 rushing yards and eight touchdowns — was followed by a ruptured Achilles tendon just four games in to 2015.
At the combine a week ago, Texans general manager Rick Smith said that if the Texans cut Foster, it would not be because of his salary. Foster was set to earn $6.5 million in 2016.
“As it relates to all the free-agent conversations, I’m never really going to tell you one way or the other what we are doing, but I will tell you this: his salary is not a reason why we would cut Arian,” Smith said.
After picking a wide receiver in round one, Bill O’Brien and company kept their foot on the gas, making the electric Miller the 85th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Buckeyes now have more players selected in the first three rounds (9) than any team in NFL Draft history.
Miller ran the ball 43 times for 261 yards and a touchdown during his senior season. He also caught 25 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Miller, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, was a possibility for the Texans in round two as well. The team has been in a desperate search to complement wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a new, revamped Texans offense.
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Hopkins, who watched the team take Notre Dame receiver Will Fuller with their first-round pick on Thursday, took the news quite well.
The 6-foot-2, 201-pound Miller injured his throwing shoulder prior to the 2014 season, causing him to take a medical redshirt season. By the time he returned, the Buckeyes were loaded at the position, so Miller decided to take his playmaking abilities to another position instead of playing quarterback at another school. The brave maneuver paid off for the would-be Heisman front runner, as Miller placed himself firmly in the conversation as an early-round pick in this year’s draft.
He finds a welcome home in Houston, a team that was once revered for its running game, but will now be one of the more formidable passing units in the league next year. Brock Osweiler jersey has to be just as thrilled as Hopkins.
The pick is an interesting window into how O’Brien views wide receivers. Like his former boss, Bill Belichick, he covets the position versatility and overall knowledge of the game. Unlike Belichick, O’Brien also covets speed demons to take the top off opposing defenses.
It’s fair to note that Osweiler has just 15 starts, but he’s been on an NFL team since 2012. After five years, the deer-in-headlights plays should be fewer and less egregious. Instead, Osweiler seems to display shakiness at least once a drive.
In Sunday’s victory over Detroit, Osweiler threw for only 186 yards, one touchdown, and his ninth interception of the season for a passer rating of 83.4. This was a Lions defense that entered the game allowing a passer rating of 117.3, on pace for the worst in NFL history, and allowed 74.2 percent of passes to be completed. It was a Lions defense missing its No. 1 cornerback, Darius Slay, and without its top defensive tackle and linebacker.
Three weeks ago an actual rookie, Carson Wentz, put up 238 yards on 75.8 percent passing, 7.2 average yards per pass, two TDs, one INT for a 102.8 passer rating against Detroit (Slay played in that game).
Osweiler couldn’t take advantage of the ineptest pass defense in the NFL.
“I thought Brock had a much improved game,” McNair said. “I think there was a little miscommunication on that one interception. I don’t put that all on him. That was both of them. He made a lot of good throws I think he’s going to continue to get better.”
McNair’s defense of his quarterback is understandable, given that he signed off on giving Osweiler $37 million guaranteed. It’s also fair to note that the book isn’t written on the 25-year-old’s future. But on a day set up for him to burst out, Osweiler was pedestrian. Even a rookie could have been better.