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Foster gets $20.75 million in real guarantees

Houston Texans running back Foster brought down by Baltimore Ravens Lewis during their NFL AFC Divisional Playoff football game in Baltimore Reuters

Somewhere, Matt Forte and Ray Rice are feeling pretty good right now.

On consecutive days this week, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Texans running back Arian Foster received new contracts carrying large chunks of fully, non-phony guaranteed money.  Lynch got $17 million fully guaranteed on a four-year deal, and Foster (per a source with knowledge of the contract) will pocket $20.75 million fully guaranteed on a five-year contract.

Specifically, Foster snagged a $12.5 million signing bonus, a $5 million fully guaranteed base salary for 2012, and $3.25 million in fully guaranteed base salary for 2013.  (His total base salary in 2013 will be $5.25 million.)

In each year of the contract, Foster can earn up to $500,000 in per-game active roster bonuses.  (Specifically, he makes $31,250 for each game that he suits up for action.)

His base salaries for 2014, 2015, and 2016 are $5.75 million, $6 million, and $6.5 million, respectively.

For accounting purposes, the cap numbers are $7.9 million in 2012, $8.25 million in 2013, $8.75 million in 2014, $9 million in 2015, and $9.5 million in 2016.

Not bad for an undrafted guy who has been in the league for only three years.

The disappearance under the 2011 CBA of the highest possible restricted free agent tender, which would have qualified the Texans for a first-round and third-round draft pick if Foster had left for a new team, likely had a role in getting the Texans to put so much money on the table.  Previously, when Foster had no real leverage, the Texans paid him as little as possible — offering only the three-year veteran minimum for 2011 as a reward for leading the league in rushing in 2010.

Thanks to the risk that someone like the Patriots or the Packers or the Giants may have gladly given up a low first-round pick in exchange for one of the best young backs in the league, Foster got his money without having to write “pay me, Rick” or any other messages on his shoes.

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13 Responses to “Foster gets $20.75 million in real guarantees”
  1. Dynasty says: Mar 9, 2012 7:11 AM

    Smart move by Texans no matter how you look at it! Foster is pound for pound the #1 Pick in Fantasy next year! Best RB in the League.

  2. joetoronto says: Mar 9, 2012 7:11 AM

    Good for him, dude deserves it.

  3. tomsd1 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:27 AM

    Good reporting. Guaranteed $ is the key.

    Hey – we miss hearing you on Scott and BR on AM 1090 out here in SD. The station made a huge mistake firing Scotty because he complained about some female sportscaster’s looks on the horrible Mountain network.

    Everybody is so fricking PC these days it’s ridiculous.

    Keep up your good work.

  4. KIR says: Mar 9, 2012 7:41 AM

    Now you see why Matt Forte refused to sign that garbage 13 million offer from the Bears last year. He risked it all and played his heart out for 600k last year. He’d be a fool to set foot on a football field again without a long term contract.

    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!

  5. whatwouldlombardido says: Mar 9, 2012 7:43 AM

    Worth every penny.

  6. txndave says: Mar 9, 2012 7:47 AM

    “Pay me Rick”.. Dante Robinson will never live that one down.Lol

  7. robertx716 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:52 AM

    Great story congratulations! !! I had to speak to Howard Simon in Buffalo for chuckling while tell the story about Arian’s mothers wedding ring on his radio show! !!

  8. mrbigass says: Mar 9, 2012 7:58 AM

    “Pay me Rick” did not deserve it…….

  9. vegaskid21 says: Mar 9, 2012 8:08 AM

    Nice! $$$

  10. djaehne says: Mar 9, 2012 8:40 AM

    Several real good RBs in the NFL and Foster is
    certainly amoung them. Dang good receiver too.

  11. selgaeinla says: Mar 9, 2012 10:44 AM

    LeSean McCoy is smiling too.

  12. woski767 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:07 AM

    I think it’s funny that PFT uses the picture w/ “The Great” Ray Lewis trailing Foster.

  13. dino2997 says: Mar 9, 2012 3:32 PM

    When Ben Tate gets almost a 1000 yard season as Arian Foster’s backup you have to wonder if it’s really the RB? Or is it the system/O-Line?

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