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Rick Smith: We won’t cut Arian Foster because of salary

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans rushes against  Davon House #31 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on October 18, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Getty Images

A report in January indicated that the Texans were likely to release veteran running back Arian Foster this offseason.

It wasn’t a hard one to believe as Foster is set to make $6.5 million in salary, more than half of which the Texans would get back if they cut him, and is coming back from a torn Achilles tendon with his 30th birthday approaching. The Achilles tear is the latest in a series of injuries that have kept Foster off the field in recent seasons, which only adds more reason to speculate about his future.

If the Texans do move on from Foster, General Manager Rick Smith says it won’t be because of the salary.

“As it relates to all the free agent conversations, I’m never really going to tell you one way or the other what we are doing, but I will tell you this: his salary is not a reason why we would cut Arian,” Smith said from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

That would leave injury or ineffectiveness related to past injuries as reasons why the Texans would move on. Smith said that he believes Foster will “bounce back” and “be fine,” which would seem to make his spot on the team look more secure than it did earlier this offseason.

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17 Responses to “Rick Smith: We won’t cut Arian Foster because of salary”
  1. jonwill57 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:17 PM

    Of course we would not cut him because of his salary…but we will cut him because of his compensation.. wait, what?

  2. abninf says: Feb 25, 2016 1:18 PM

    He had a pretty good season a few years ago.

  3. patsxsaintsfan says: Feb 25, 2016 1:27 PM

    Which means the reason for cuts will be his inability to stay healthy. I like foster and still think when healthy can be a dominant running back I would keep him this year and see what happens you aren’t going to be a worse football team because of him and if he is healthy you might’ve scored a point in your playoff game.

  4. naes says: Feb 25, 2016 1:27 PM

    How about because he’s never healthy?. And when he is on the field it looks like he’s lost a step or three?

  5. ihadtodoit says: Feb 25, 2016 1:33 PM


  6. fm31970 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:56 PM

    “That would leave injury or ineffectiveness…”

    …or age, which would be illegal/discriminatory to state/announce, but…

  7. mrlaloosh says: Feb 25, 2016 2:07 PM

    I know he’s not praying he doesn’t get cut…

  8. thirdand43 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:20 PM

    He will be cut because he can’t carry the mail anymore.

  9. beavertonsteve says: Feb 25, 2016 2:27 PM

    Lamar Miller would be a great signing for the Texans.

  10. realdealsteel says: Feb 25, 2016 2:33 PM


    He’s way to injury prone. Cut him and he can go on about his buisness telling everyone God doesn’t exist.

  11. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:46 PM

    they shouldnt cut him for salary, they hsould cut him because hes a apostate. cant have that kinda guy in this league

  12. kfoyo808 says: Feb 25, 2016 3:13 PM

    I say Rick Smith “might be on drugs” or “not a good General Manager” if that’s what he thinks.

    Go draft a running back to take his place for the future alongside Alfred Blue. Sign somebody if you feel you need to.

    Then throw money at whichever QB you decide. Hopefully that will be good enough for you to not get shut out in a playoff game this season.

  13. vicnocal says: Feb 25, 2016 3:31 PM

    😀 All the commenters pantybunched because Foster doesn’t believe in Santa Claus

  14. ab420420 says: Feb 25, 2016 3:44 PM

    They’re going to pay $6M to a 30 year old RB coming off of a major leg injury? It’s the Houston Dolphins!

  15. browns2014man says: Feb 25, 2016 3:59 PM

    Ha. We won’t cut because of his salary. We’ll cut him because he’s soft.

  16. dohczeppelin says: Feb 25, 2016 4:41 PM

    Their run game without him was just abysmal and they aren’t in a position to compensate for that with the passing game because they’re weak at qb. That’s forcing them to consider keeping him. Hopkins is a monster but one receiver will never be good enough to carry the offense on his own.

    Texans are at a crossroads. They backed into the playoffs but got annihilated. Expectations for next year will be high but I just don’t see enough legitimate offensive skill position players to do any better next year unless something magical happens at quarterback.

  17. gotitan says: Feb 25, 2016 5:38 PM

    I’ll never forgive him for his lack of ball control at UT.

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