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No contract progress between Foster, Texans

Houston Texans' Foster runs with the ball between Texans quarterback Yates and Cincinnati Bengals' Crocker in the third quarter during their NFL AFC wildcard playoff football game in Houston Reuters

Undrafted in 2009, Texans running back Arian Foster rushed for 1,616 yards in 2010 and 1,224 in 2011.  Throw in 604 receiving yards last year and 617 this year, and that’s an average of 2,030 yards from scrimmage per season.

And then there’s the fact that he rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 31-10 wild-card win over the Bengals.

As Foster completes his exclusive-rights tender of $525,000 and moves toward restricted free agency, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that zero progress has been made on a long-term deal.

The question now becomes whether the Texans will reward him financially, or whether the Texans will squat on Foster with the highest possible tender, which would give Foster something in the range of $3 million and the Texans a first-round and third-round pick as compensation if he signs an offer sheet the Texans choose not to match.

If the Texans fear that someone will make a run at the best young running back in the league, they could use the franchise tag instead, which would pay Foster several million more and bump the compensation to two first-round picks.

If Foster receives a one-year tender offer, he’ll be entitled to hold out as long as he chooses, since he won’t be under contract.  In theory, he could show up in Week 10, sign the tender, and get credit for his fourth season, becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2013.

What gives the Texans leverage, but what should compel them not to abuse it, is the fact that Foster simply wants to play football.  For example, he didn’t hesitate to sign his one-year tender offer in 2011, likely fearful that if he stays away someone else (like Ben Tate) would have become the lead dog.

Still, at some point the locker room will begin to question the franchise for not taking care of their franchise tailback.  That’s why the Texans need to make Foster a fair offer on a long-term deal, sooner rather than later.

Unless the Texans are willing to assume that Foster’s success comes from the offensive line, and that they could replace his production with Tate and whoever else the team can find, even if it means signing another undrafted guy, like Foster.

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27 Responses to “No contract progress between Foster, Texans”
  1. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 8, 2012 11:48 AM

    He’s at the perfect age to give him a monster contract – he deserves it.

  2. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 8, 2012 11:54 AM

    If Chris Johnson got paid, then Mr. Foster should CERTAINLY get paid….and MORE!

    Pay this guy now. He is better than Chris Johnson, classier, is a harder worker, doesnt look like he still lives in the hood, speaks english properly, and did i mention he is better?

  3. totallyuselessme says: Jan 8, 2012 11:55 AM

    Tate was good in relief of Foster, but make no mistake – Arian Foster is a special player, and Tate is not on his level. He hasn’t been doing things the Peyton Hillis or the Chris Johnson way. He’s gone out there and worked his ass through injury and produced without making a fuss to the media.

    McNair’s been a fair man in the past. I expect, and I hope, Foster will be given what he’s due. RBs don’t have very long in the league, but Foster’s young and fresh and he’s the type of player that’ll make at least the next 4 years worth paying him well for.

  4. KIR says: Jan 8, 2012 11:55 AM

    The Texans would have made the playoffs and won yesterday without Arian Foster. After all Good/great backs are easily replaceable…. at least that’s what they keep telling me. “shrugz’

  5. term3186 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:56 AM

    Paaaaay the man!

  6. bigkatvik7 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:57 AM

    Pay the man.

  7. gostros19 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:00 PM

    Come on!!! What else do you need so see?! show this guy the money!

  8. firstand4ever says: Jan 8, 2012 12:01 PM

    Foster is yet another example of how the draft is such a crapshoot when it comes to evaluating running backs. Undrafted and he may very well be the most well rounded back in the entire league. He should get his money. He has earned it.

  9. tinytim4115 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:02 PM

    Huge texans fan and huge foster fan. he definitely deserves a long term deal.

    i would only caution the texans not to go over-board.i know the skill sets and personalities arecompletely different, but im now nervous about any runningback contract because of how chris johnson’s deal went.

    but arian foster definietly deserves top money

  10. fittytuckin says: Jan 8, 2012 12:15 PM

    Pay the man.

  11. db105 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:15 PM

    Just another RB. Starting RB goes down and his replacement looks just like him. It’s all about the offensive system and the offensive line. Why waste salary cap space over an inconsequential position?

  12. battlered says: Jan 8, 2012 12:19 PM

    The Texans have a long history of paying their guys who play and play up to Texans standards, from Andre Johnson (multiple times) to Owen Daniels. Of course there is no movement done on the deal. THEY ARE STILL IN THE PLAYOFFS. Arian and Rick Smith want to focus on football now and work on contract details later. This is how the Houston Texans have always done it. Arian will be a Texan for a long time.

  13. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jan 8, 2012 12:26 PM

    Gah… I see a storm brewing outside of Reliant Stadium this off season.. Mario Williams… Arian Foster… This is very scary, while I hope they can sign everyone I know this isn’t always the case. I know it won’t happen but I hope to god Andre gives back maybe a mill or they figure out a way to change his contract around to open up cap space.

    I mean I’ve seen owners do it before! Turn some contract money into some guaranteed bonus money to make cap room. Just hope they figure it all out. Mario and Foster need to come back!! Pay the man.

  14. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 8, 2012 12:26 PM

    @battlered

    Exactly.

    McNair has always been fair and paid those who earned and deserved it.
    Arian will get his money, but the time is during the offseason

  15. waccoforflacco says: Jan 8, 2012 12:38 PM

    As a Raven fan Foster has all it takes to be a consistent and top of the line running back.

    Outstanding talent without the Chris Jonson or Matt Forte grousing.

    I agree…Pay the man..

  16. fittytuckin says: Jan 8, 2012 12:40 PM

    @firstand4ever

    Agreed. People killed me on post when I said I wouldn’t take Trent Richardson in the first 3 rounds. He is not a special Adrian Peterson type of talent. He is Beanie Wells or Mark Ingram 2.0

  17. Andre's Johnson says: Jan 8, 2012 12:48 PM

    Neither Foster nor the Texans are making a big deal of this locally. They’re in the playoffs: not the time to deal with this.

    The Texans will act reasonably, and Foster will not hold out for some ridiculous amount (40 mil guaranteed or something stupid like that).

    It may come down to Arian Foster vs. Mario Williams.

    Bye-bye Mario. We’ve got linebackers coming out our ears.

  18. ianwhetstone says: Jan 8, 2012 12:52 PM

    I assume that by “best young running back in the league,” you mean “young back running behind the best offensive line in the league.”

  19. kahnsbushymustache says: Jan 8, 2012 12:58 PM

    Most of the people who are calling for the Texans to “Pay the man” said the same thing about Chris Johnson… How’d that work out?

  20. oriolesvsravens says: Jan 8, 2012 1:02 PM

    I have a question to ask my fellow commenters. When paying RBs lately all of the guys that do well in their first 2-3 years want to be paid the most in that position. We saw CJ2K start slow in a uninterested manor after getting paid. Do you guys feel that Houston would make a mistake on paying Arian too much according RB’s shelf life?

  21. obiwanbonogi says: Jan 8, 2012 1:11 PM

    Best young running back in the league? Pump the breaks. He fumbles a lot. Other backs in the system have very solid production.

    Ray Rice is younger than Foster.
    Lesean McCoy is younger Foster.

  22. KIR says: Jan 8, 2012 1:17 PM

    db105 says: Jan 8, 2012 12:15 PM

    Just another RB. Starting RB goes down and his replacement looks just like him. It’s all about the offensive system and the offensive line. Why waste salary cap space over an inconsequential position?

    ianwhetstone
    assume that by “best young running back in the league,” you mean “young back running behind the best offensive line in the league.”
    _________________________

    Why don’t you compare 1 OL’man to 1 RB. Why are these “FOOTBALL EXPERTS” trying to compare 1 RB to the value of AT LEAST 5 Offensive Linemen!?!! lol Of course 5 players are more valuable then 1. player.

  23. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 8, 2012 1:34 PM

    RB is the most replaceable position in the NFL. Don’t pay him!!!

    Ask the 49rs, Titans, and Panthers if they feel good about paying their RBs? NOPE!

    It almost never ends up being worth the insane amount of money spent.

  24. flsnupe says: Jan 8, 2012 1:43 PM

    I happened to have knowledge that this is bs. They r def n talks and r much closer than this article is making it out to be. You need to check that source again. He will get a contract he deserves, at Mario’s expense.

  25. dwilson05 says: Jan 8, 2012 2:05 PM

    First off this isn’t news, any true Texan fan should know that the texans doesn’t do contract talks during the season, Andre Johnson was a rare exception, secondly they should pay him as long as it’s not an outrageous contract

  26. KIR says: Jan 8, 2012 2:51 PM

    @badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 8, 2012 1:34 PM

    RB is the most replaceable position in the NFL. Don’t pay him!!!

    Ask the 49rs, Titans, and Panthers if they feel good about paying their RBs? NOPE!

    It almost never ends up being worth the insane amount of money spent.
    ___________________________

    The only INDIVIDUAL position that is without question harder to replace than a GREAT RB is Quarterback. Let’s be fair. Why don’t you ask these teams how easy it is to replace a RB. All of these teams were on their way to the playoffs before they lost their back.

    Raiders D. McFadden
    Bears Matt Forte
    Bills Fred Jackson
    Cowboys DeMarco Murray

    Do their teams make the playoffs without
    Ray Rice
    Frank Gore
    Arian Foster
    Michael Turner
    Willis McGahee

    Do you think the Chargers make the playoffs with D. Sproles? What about A. Peterson in Minnesota how easy is he to replace.

  27. denverdude7 says: Jan 8, 2012 3:12 PM

    Trade him to Denver. We’ll pay him.

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