The all-time leading rusher in Texans history has signed a one year deal with the Dolphins, getting a new team just before training camp:
Arian Foster has looked for a new home for months. Being an older running back and coming off an injury, things can be tough. But he finally found a home today as he signed a one year deal with the Dolphins, a signing that has many layers to it.
First layer: Miami is where he played his last game as a Texan.
In the October game that the Dolphins beat the Texans for the first time in embarrassing fashion, Foster suffered an achilles injury that ended his season. His 2015 season ended after less than four games, in which he racked up 390 all purpose yards and scored three touchdowns.
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Second layer: This signing completes a “trade” of running backs between the teams.
Lamar Miller signed in Houston this offseason after being underused in Miami for the first four years of his career. His 2014 season was very promising, but he failed to duplicate that performance in 2015.
Third layer: This is an ideal destination for Foster.
Going into the season, the Dolphins had Jay Ajayi as their starting running back. He is a second year back out of Boise State who appeared in nine games as a rookie after being drafted in the fifth round. Coming in as the backup job is ideal for Foster.
For starters, Foster is a good receiver out of the backfield. New coach Adam Gase loves to use his running backs as such, coming from Chicago where Matt Forte caught 44 passes for three touchdowns a year ago.
Second, fewer carries for Foster will keep him fresh later on in the season. Foster struggled with injuries throughout his time in Houston, missing 36 games in seven years.
The deal is mostly incentive laden, starting at $1.5 million and could go up to as much as $3.5 million.
When asked why he joined the Dolphins, Foster replied: “They’re a young team, a hungry team,” Foster said after the Dolphins officially announced the signing. “[They have] a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. I think they have the right head coach, and the right people in the front office. They’re all committed to winning there.”
Hopefully Foster can have a rebound year and end his career as a productive back. I think he has found a team that can allow him to do just that. Wishing you luck from Houston Arian!