Oct 25, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) kneels on the ground after being injured in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 44-26. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports
Arian Foster, Running Back
With a cap number of $9.3 million in 2016, according to OverTheCap.com, it would make sense to see the team part ways with former All-Pro running back Arian Foster. The veteran back will be 30-years old before next season begins and, that’s an age when a running back usually begins to break down.
Unfortunately for Foster, it seems his body has actually already started to give out on him as he missed all but four games in 2015. This came after missing 11 games the previous two seasons as well.
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To make it even more difficult to justify keeping Foster, he wasn’t very efficient when running the ball during the four games he suited up. The usually consistent back was under four yards per rush for the first time in his career as he had an average of just 2.6 yards per carry in his brief stint.
Foster only recorded 163 rushing yards and a single touchdown out of the backfield. He did however show some ability still as a receiver by catching 22 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
Still, it would make sense to move on and save a lot of money in the process. Some teams struggle to say goodbye to players who have meant as much to their franchise as Foster has to Houston. The Texans don’t appear to be such a team as they let star receiver Andre Johnson go last offseason. With that in mind, Foster could very well be the second big name player to leave in consecutive years.