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Arian Foster’s guarantee reported at $20.75 million

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

The Houston Texans have made Arian Foster one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that Foster’s contract is a five-year deal with $43.5 million, with $20.75 million guaranteed, $18 million this year and $30 million over the first three years of the deal.

One of the things we’ve found through the years is that “guaranteed” money isn’t always fully guaranteed. La Canfora says that in Foster’s case, “guaranteed” means guaranteed for skill, injury and cap.

The $20.75 million guarantee is slightly less than the $21 million DeAngelo Williams got from the Panthers last year.

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25 Responses to “Arian Foster’s guarantee reported at $20.75 million”
  1. redguy12588 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:32 AM

    Ozzie is swearing into his morning coffee.

  2. claydefayette says: Mar 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    Giving a running back his second deal at age 25 is great for the franchise. DeAngelo Williams was only two years older when he got his more lucrative deal but two years for a runner is a lot of time.

  3. georgebrett says: Mar 5, 2012 11:40 AM

    Good for Arian Foster.

  4. txnsvols0489 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:41 AM

    Atta boy. Dude deserves it. One of the best backs in the league, if not the best. VFL

  5. terraj35 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:41 AM

    $18 mil this year? Goodbye Mario Williams

  6. crazycane says: Mar 5, 2012 11:43 AM

    As a Bears fan, no way is a RB worth this much money. They are a dime a dozen!! Save the money from signing Forte to a lucrative deal and draft Lamar Miller from Miami.

  7. KIR says: Mar 5, 2012 11:45 AM

    KIR says: Mar 5, 2012 8:48 AM

    This guy is a top 5 back. Maybe top 3. If he’s not getting top 5 money, accepting is a big mistake. IMO He’s already worked for essentially free last year at 600k. Someone at his skill level should be making 8 to 10 million a year with 30 mil guaranteed.
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    KIR says: Mar 5, 2012 9:29 AM

    @clayton43 Ray Rice and Matt Forte already know their market value. Adrian Peterson 7 year 96 million, 32 million guaranteed

    Chris Johnson 4 year 53 million, 30 million guaranteed.

    DeAngelo Williams 5 year 43 million, 21 million

  8. whitemike55 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:47 AM

    GREAT to see the Texans step up to the plate when didn’t didn’t exactly have to. Glad to see #23 in a Texans uniform for many years to come. Now lets work on getting our O-line locked up. (Myers and Brisel)

  9. noahbird says: Mar 5, 2012 11:48 AM

    The Panthers are stupid for resigning Williams.

  10. KIR says: Mar 5, 2012 11:52 AM

    Ok, now all of you experts now see why Forte turned down that garbage offer from the bears last year. They’re now going to have to pay Forte more than Fosters contract. My guess is it’s going to be 48 or 49 million and 27 or 28 guaranteed.

  11. eaglesw00t says: Mar 5, 2012 12:13 PM

    KIR says:
    Mar 5, 2012 11:52 AM
    Ok, now all of you experts now see why Forte turned down that garbage offer from the bears last year. They’re now going to have to pay Forte more than Fosters contract. My guess is it’s going to be 48 or 49 million and 27 or 28 guaranteed.

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    Why? Do you think Forte is better or something? Your numbers indicate a MUCH better back…which is not the case at all.

  12. olskool711 says: Mar 5, 2012 12:19 PM

    Whoa, hold on there cowboy.

    Forte is very good, would love to have him on my team. But, where do you get the idea that he deserves more than Foster? I don’t see that at all.

    If you were arguing Lynch then I could understand it, but not Foster.

  13. KIR says: Mar 5, 2012 12:20 PM

    Great RB’s are not easily replaceable. Why don’t you compare 1 OL’man to 1 great 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.

    The only INDIVIDUAL position that is without question harder to replace than a GREAT RB is Quarterback. Let’s be fair. It can reasonably be argued that a great RB is more valuable than any other player on their team except the QB. 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. What other players are more valuable on those teams? Not many

    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. Lets not forget about Chris Johnson and his three pro bowl years out of 4 years on the league. Yes, 3!

  14. Davo says: Mar 5, 2012 12:25 PM

    Sorry, I think I lost this in the recess of my brain somewhere – what does “guaranteed for cap” mean?

  15. dirtybirds24 says: Mar 5, 2012 12:40 PM

    Well Ray Rice now has a baseline to work off of… I wonder if he will get more or less then Foster…

  16. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 5, 2012 12:52 PM

    Thank god they signed Foster. This guy’s vision is insane, if you watch any games of him you’ll see what i’m talking about. An he can move left and right faster than I can move forward.

  17. gromgrimfist says: Mar 5, 2012 1:07 PM

    KIR says: Mar 5, 2012 8:48 AM

    This guy is a top 5 back. Maybe top 3. If he’s not getting top 5 money, accepting is a big mistake. IMO He’s already worked for essentially free last year at 600k. Someone at his skill level should be making 8 to 10 million a year with 30 mil guaranteed.
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    Taking nothing away from Adrain Foster but he is not top 3 maybe not even top 5 Peterson, Rice, Jones-Dew, Mccoy, Forte, Fred Jackson, Steven Jackson (he has never had a great o-line or a passing game and still is always among the top of the league) you can consider all of these backs to be at least his equal if not better

  18. colt2011 says: Mar 5, 2012 1:09 PM

    While it’s great to see players signing lucrative contracts which makes respective team fans happy-how high are these salaries going to go before ticket prices double? There is a 53 man roster to pay. Over the past 2 seasons I have seen many players sign huge contracts and then they simply don’t produce as well. The Owners will soon be notifying fans they need more money to pay their employees!

  19. flapjackdaddy says: Mar 5, 2012 1:21 PM

    “noahbird says: Mar 5, 2012 11:48 AM

    The Panthers are stupid for resigning Williams.”

    You mean the guy who led the league in 20-yard runs per attempt? The guy who averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season?

    Okay then. Glad you have an informed opinion on the matter.

  20. tropboi11 says: Mar 5, 2012 1:26 PM

    Way to go Foster, now that’s how you earn your money by going from undrafted to being a top paid RB, if anyone deserved to get paid it was Foster, cant wait to see them in the playoffs again next year. And get real to whoever thinks Forte is as good as Foster but that man also deserves his big payday.

  21. KIR says: Mar 5, 2012 1:35 PM

    @ colt2011 says: Mar 5, 2012 1:09 PM

    While it’s great to see players signing lucrative contracts which makes respective team fans happy-how high are these salaries going to go before ticket prices double? There is a 53 man roster to pay. Over the past 2 seasons I have seen many players sign huge contracts and then they simply don’t produce as well. The Owners will soon be notifying fans they need more money to pay their employees!
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    Are you aware the owners have 39 billion dollar contract with the TV Networks? And, where were you when the owners aged to pay Goddell 20 million a year?

  22. jskill3 says: Mar 5, 2012 1:44 PM

    The average salary for undrafted players just got skewed way up…. Nicely done, Mr. Undrafted Practice Squad Meat.

  23. thraiderskin says: Mar 5, 2012 1:52 PM

    I have got to be honest, I thought this man was a fluke. I did not give him any credit, other than saying he was having a killer season in 2010, after that he wouldn’t do jack. I was clearly wrong, he is an extremely good back, one of the best right now. Good for him to get his money, he is a great find for the Texans, glad to see they see that.

  24. cmack21 says: Mar 5, 2012 2:26 PM

    IDK TEXANS…
    you better keep Mario, and please cut Jacoby Jones

  25. geo91 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:29 PM

    Hopefully he still works hard, happens all too often

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