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Arian Foster’s agent won’t be offended by franchise tag

Houston Texans running back Foster makes a one-handed catch against the Baltimore Ravens during their NFL AFC Divisional Playoff football game in Baltimore Reuters

We’ve written a lot about whether the Texans will place the franchise tag on restricted free agent Arian Foster.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle doesn’t believe it will happen, in large part because the Texans would match any offer sheet Foster signs elsewhere. (And because the Texans need the cap room.)

Foster’s agent Mike McCartney doesn’t sound like he would mind getting the tag.

“I think it’s part of the business,” McCartney told Lance Zierlein onĀ The Big Show on 790AM in Houston. “The ultimate goal is a long-term deal where this marriage continues. . . . It’s just part of the process. The Texans have to do what’s right for them at the beginning of this and we’ll adjust accordingly. It won’t offend us in any way. We’ll do our best to have a long-term deal.”

This is not a surprise. Foster will get paid almost three times as much on the franchise tag rather than the highest restricted free agent tag. Foster also willingly signed his exclusive rights free agent tender last year.

The goal is a long-term deal, but it sure sounds like Foster wouldn’t hold out of offseason workouts if the Texans used the franchise tag on him.

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7 Responses to “Arian Foster’s agent won’t be offended by franchise tag”
  1. rwmilli says: Feb 16, 2012 2:29 PM

    Yeah he won’t hold out because he knows already that Tate can replace him and giving Tate any chance to shine while he Looks like a diva isn’t going to help him stay in Houston…

  2. weathersusa says: Feb 16, 2012 2:30 PM

    Foster has been a class act while here in Houston. He has clearly out-performed both of his one-year deals. The Texans need to take care of this guy!

  3. dutchrudder says: Feb 16, 2012 2:33 PM

    Makes sense. Foster is incredible in the Texans’ scheme and should stay there. I hope him and the Texans work out a long term deal that isn’t too crazy. Franchise tagging him would ensure exclusivity in negotiations and prevent a team with large amounts of cap space from pushing up his cost to the 8-12 mill range.

  4. needle379 says: Feb 16, 2012 2:48 PM

    Arian Foster = Best RB in NFL & biggest profissional in the league…. Alot of players can learn from foster…Desean & Vincent Jackson I am staring at u

  5. NakedCowboy! says: Feb 16, 2012 2:51 PM

    life of a star RB… everyone expects them to fall apart in 3-5 years… always a struggle to land a bug long term contract…
    Should have been a WR!

  6. 1captain1 says: Feb 16, 2012 3:48 PM

    The Tuck Rule is offensive not the Franchise Tag rule.

  7. ajknox88 says: Feb 16, 2012 5:07 PM

    That picture is kinda trippy

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