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No holdout for Arian Foster

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Chris Johnson, a first-round pick in 2008 and the NFL rushing king in his second season, is underpaid.  He’s under contract for 2011.  And he’s holding out.

Arian Foster, undrafted in 2009 and the NFL rushing king in his second season, is underpaid.  He wasn’t under contract for 2011.

But he won’t be holding out.

The Texans have announced that Foster, an exclusive-rights free agent (i.e., not a free agent), signed his one-year tender for the third-year minimum, which under the new labor deal has increased to $525,000.

Foster previously has said he’s not worried about the situation, and that he believes the team will take care of him.  But if he tears an ACL or suffers some other injury from which he has trouble recovering quickly, the team will move on to the next man.  And if the next man gets it done like Foster got it done, Foster could be done.

Besides, without fullback Vonta Leach on the team, it could be harder for Foster to stay on track for a big payday.

On one hand, we admire his willingness to play for whatever the team will pay.  On the other hand, he needs to realize that NFL running backs get used up and spit out quickly.  Unlike Johnson, Foster had a chance to take a stand without being fined or losing a year of credit toward free agency.

Given that Foster concealed a knee injury last season because he feared losing his job, it could be that Foster has yet to develop the kind of swagger regarding his skills that he needs in order to get the most out of them that he can, financially.  The reality is that, if he lets the Texans piecemeal him over the next few years, with the highest restricted free agency tender in 2012 and the franchise tag in 2013, Foster will soon get to a point where he’s just another low-tread veteran hoping to scrape out a deal worth $3 million per year.

The Texans also announced that the following players have signed with the team: guard Mike Brisiel, tackle Rashad Butler, quarterback Matt Leinart, defensive tackle Damione Lewis, and guard Kasey Studdard. The Texans also signed undrafted free agents defensive tackle Guy Miller, defensive end Scooter Berry, and linebacker Matt Marcorelle.

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30 Responses to “No holdout for Arian Foster”
  1. eaglesdynasty says: Jul 31, 2011 7:42 PM

    If he shows he isnt a one year wonder he will get a big payday in 2012. keep your head down and work and you’ll get that money Arian

  2. theseekeroffun says: Jul 31, 2011 7:47 PM

    Easy to understand, he is practicing against coach CUPCAKE!
    This is not a wise decision unless his agent is in talks to extend his contract.

  3. bennprince says: Jul 31, 2011 7:50 PM

    the biggest diference is that one player is an intelligent, morally grounded individual who feels obligated to honor his contract while the other is an ignorant, selfish punk that only cares about how many gold grillz and chains he can accumulate. Foster will make more money and be a more productive NFL RB than Twitchi Vanilli… book it.

  4. gosuhgo says: Jul 31, 2011 7:52 PM

    That’s one of the all time bad NFL photos, did he get that done at the dmv?

  5. skinsfantom says: Jul 31, 2011 7:54 PM

    That f’in guy is the man. won my league 4 me last year. hope he stays healthy for a long time, he also sounds like a decent human being when you hear him speak, not like some of these dildos.

  6. bleedblue18 says: Jul 31, 2011 7:56 PM

    He should have held out for more, and could have got more. I’f he gets hurt he is screwed. Hope he atleast took out one of those insurance plans.

  7. cowboysfan18 says: Jul 31, 2011 7:57 PM

    Hopefully nothing happens to him. Even if he led the NFL in rushing this year but got hurt in the last week of the season I don’t think the Texans would hand him a contract, they would just hand the keys to Tate. Good for him for being noble, hopefully it doesn’t backfire.

  8. bhester1906 says: Jul 31, 2011 7:57 PM

    Truth is running backs are a declining need. Teams can pay 3 running backs a minimal amount and sink their dough into WRs.

  9. udontknowjaq says: Jul 31, 2011 7:58 PM

    Hold out! Get that $ now! By just giving him that minimum seems like garbage! Odds of him gettin hurt are way high he already hid an injury and won the rushing title after fighting his way off the practice squad that’s his reward? High risk the Texans kno it and if or when he gets hurt he can kiss that big payday goodbye.

  10. sterlingrodgers says: Jul 31, 2011 7:59 PM

    I like the guy, but I hope for his sake, that he has an agent actively working on a long-term extension. As pointed out above, his career likely will be short, so he should try to get paid while he can.

  11. 23chameleons says: Jul 31, 2011 8:01 PM

    This could be said of anybody. The difference is, the Texans aren’t the Bengals. The organization has shown that it does it the “right way”.

    Opponents don’t exactly stack the box with Schaub & AJ playing pitch and catch (oh, and Owen Daniels is back healthy).

  12. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Jul 31, 2011 8:11 PM

    “Given that Foster concealed a knee injury last season because he feared losing his job, it could be that Foster has yet to develop the kind of swagger regarding his skills that he needs in order to get the most out of them that he can, financially. The reality is that, if he lets the Texans piecemeal him over the next few years, with the highest restricted free agency tender in 2012 and the franchise tag in 2013, Foster will soon get to a point where he’s just another low-tread veteran hoping to scrape out a deal worth $3 million per year.”

    Or it could be that he wants to get the best deal he can possibly get by having back to back 1,500+ yard rushing seasons and prove that he’s not just a one year wonder. I’m not sure he would’ve gotten a big payday this year just off of one good season.

  13. reidtardinthepound says: Jul 31, 2011 8:12 PM

    Damned if you don’t, damned if you do…

  14. joyjoy69 says: Jul 31, 2011 8:21 PM

    So, the guy has accepted the league minimum for a 3rd year – half a million per year? Since that is literally ten times the national average salary, in four years, he can earn a whole career’s worth of salary for playing a game he loves. Sorry, but it almost seems like he’s the only guy in the league with any sense of perspective! I hope he gets a big payday someday, but I have to admire the guy for his skills and humble attitude. It’s really refreshing, actually. Any chance he’d do it for the Patriots?

  15. tylerncom says: Jul 31, 2011 8:28 PM

    Good man. Wish there were more like you in the league buddy. Guys like you, P. Manning, Brady, Rodgers and anyone who is more football than money is great in my book. That honors the game, and the history of the game. Thank you for being you

  16. ravensfan4life52 says: Jul 31, 2011 8:42 PM

    too bad he won’t have Vonta Leach

  17. tangysizzl says: Jul 31, 2011 8:50 PM

    Holding out through training camp will only hurt him in the long run. Go to training camp and get all the reps you can and when the regular season gets near then holdout.

    That way they don’t have someone as ready to step in for you as they would be if they had all of camp to get ready. Sure he can lose about 32 grand a week in missed paychecks but thats chump change when he can easily get 3 million or more a year from even the cheapest of contract extensions.

    RBs have such a short shelf life that he would be wise to get paid now because the longer he waits the less money he will see in the future. If they want to win in Houston they will pay the man what hes asking for.

  18. leftysmoke says: Jul 31, 2011 8:54 PM

    Losing Vonta might be a big hit to his productivity, but with the way this guy runs, I don’t think he will slow down. I’m curious to see if he really is a flash in the pan, or not though.

    Best of luck to the Texans and Arian (why would anyone name their kid Arian?).

    Go Colts.

  19. ajc85 says: Jul 31, 2011 8:57 PM

    eww…i just thumbed up something an Eagles fan said. what is this world coming to???

  20. txtuff says: Jul 31, 2011 9:01 PM

    What it really shows is that he isn’t a turb with a big mouth like C. Johnson! Damn am I happy we got a good guy!

  21. cassrangers says: Jul 31, 2011 9:31 PM

    If history repeats itself, it won’t be Arian being the man in Houston anyway, it will be Tate or some other back. For some reason, RB’s in Houston have a tough time staying on top for their team. Always seems like its a new face from year to year as the rushing leader… so I guess Tate, you’re on deck! ;)

  22. Andre's Johnson says: Jul 31, 2011 9:54 PM

    A lot of folks are mentioning Vonta Leach’s departure in terms of its impact on Foster’s production. Let’s not forget, Vonta Leach was the Texans’ starting fullback in 2009, when the Texans’ running game was complete crap.

    Arian Foster Started the final two games of 2009 and rushed for like 240 yards.

    Something tells me it ain’t Vonta Leach.

  23. citnetter says: Jul 31, 2011 10:07 PM

    If he held out that would just give Tate an opportunty. Besides, this guy is all class and WANTS to be with his team. Just follow him on twitter and you’ll see what classy dude he is.

  24. jaltreality says: Jul 31, 2011 10:25 PM

    @bennprince:

    While I agree that you are right on Arian Foster being intelligent, your guarantee is ridiculous. Surely you have to realize that you can’t predict such things because it is just as likely, if not more, that if Foster suffers an injury or a setback of some sort, he will not be taken care of and his career may ultimately flounder.

    People have these preconceived notions of “always honor the contract” (ignoring the fact that teams routinely cut players before their contracts are up or demand they restructure), and they do not match up to the reality. Put yourself in their shoes.

  25. mp4philly says: Jul 31, 2011 10:32 PM

    @Tylerncom
    Peyton Manning (now the leagues highest paid player per his request) isn’t in it for the money? What planet do you live on?

  26. diamonddayton23 says: Jul 31, 2011 10:36 PM

    He reminds me of Terrel Davis. I gotta’ have him on my fantasy team this year.

  27. txtuff says: Jul 31, 2011 11:10 PM

    The Texans took care of Daniel Owens when he was hurt really bad a couple years ago, don’t see why they won’t do the same with Foster.

  28. edgarh21 says: Jul 31, 2011 11:56 PM

    Why would he hold out. He had 1 big season he looks promising but don’t get ahead of ourselves. Ask the last Texans rb how his career is doing after a promising start.

  29. citnetter says: Aug 1, 2011 7:14 AM

    People who haven’t seen this guy aren’t aware that he’s extremely intellegent and in his mind has a higher calling than football. I think he’s confident he’ll be alright without football if something were to happen. I’m sure he’d like the big pay day someday, but I firmly believe Foster does not worry about the what-ifs and his future if he gets hurt.

  30. dcbronco says: Aug 3, 2011 12:26 PM

    Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith are class people. They will take care of Foster this year. He will have a new deal by week six. Foster doesn’t have to prove he isn’t a one hit wonder. The guy is perfect for the one cut zone blocking system. Arian Foster is the second coming of Terrell Davis. Same system. Basically he same back.

    ……then again maybe he better push that new contract. Just kidding. They will take care of him in a few weeks. Kubiak coached Davis. He knows what he has.

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