Ladies and gentlemen, the all-time best free agent signing for the Texans is when Houston signed an undrafted rookie free agent from the University of Tennessee named Arian Foster to their practice squad.
Foster had an excellent career with the Texans when he was healthy. Each time he played in 13 or more games in a given season, he rushed for over 1,200 yards and had carries of no less than 260 in those same seasons.
Foster averaged 4.5 yards per carry in his seven seasons with the Texans, totaling 6,472 yards rushing on 1,454 carries in 76 games, 68 of them starts. Foster rushed for 54 touchdowns, averaged 85.2 yards per game and 19.1 attempts per game. He even had 2,268 yards receiving on 249 receptions with 14 touchdowns.
The former Texans superstar running back led the NFL in rushing in 2010 — his first season as a full-time starter in the NFL — with 1,616 yards. He also led the NFL that season with 16 rushing touchdowns and averaged 101 yards per game rushing, also leading the NFL. In 2012, Foster led the NFL with 351 rushes and in rushing touchdowns too with 15.
During his time with the Texans, Foster was named to the NFL Top 100 list four times, with his best spot being No. 8 in 2013. He was also a four-time Pro Bowl selection. In 2010, he was named as a AP First-Team All-Pro.
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In the playoffs, Foster played in four games, where he had a total of five rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in those games.
Foster was also selected as a three-time Player of the Week and two-time Player of the Month. His longest rush in the NFL was 74 yards in 2010. In that same season, he totaled 2,220 yards from scrimmage.
Three times in his career Foster was in the Top 10 in all-purpose yards (2010, 2011, 2014). He was also voted to All-Pro teams by the Pro Football Writers Association, The Sporting News and The Associated Press.
The Texans have never really replaced what Foster brought to the franchise with his rushing abilities. Foster was a game-changer and one of the best running backs in the NFL in the 2010s.
He should always be remembered for his best moments with the team. Though his final season with the franchise wasn’t the best, being a former undrafted free agent and having all the success he had makes him the best free agent signing with the Texans of all-time.