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Arian Foster’s plan is patience

Arian Foster, Troy Polamalu AP

As more and more running backs sign, one guy voluntarily will remain on the shelf, at least for now.

Arian Foster’s plan is to be patient, per a source with knowledge of the situation. That means waiting to see what happens throughout free agency and the draft, and to make a decision later in the offseason. Foster, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season, should be back to 100 percent in the summer.

It makes Foster this year’s Chris Johnson, and Johnson became a pleasant surprise in 2015 for the Cardinals. Foster could end up making a difference for someone in 2016; it ultimately could be the Broncos, if they don’t match the offer sheet signed in Miami by C.J. Anderson.

There’s a perception Foster is washed up. However, Foster rushed for 1,246 yards in 13 games two seasons ago, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

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19 Responses to “Arian Foster’s plan is patience”
  1. jojovie131 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:37 PM

    Don’t worry pats will sign him 2 years 6 million

  2. muppet24 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:38 PM

    Sounds like he is taking the same approach as the Cleveland Browns front office.

  3. jag1959 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:47 PM

    Getting back up to speed and signing an incentive laden prove it deal with a high profile team is actually a pretty good strategy for a guy in his position

  4. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Mar 11, 2016 5:52 PM

    He looked terrible last year at age 29 even before tearing his Achilles. There’s a perception he’s washed up because he looked washed up.

    Then he tore his Achilles, and is now another year older.

    He can spin it as “being patient”if he wants, but what it really means is that he is unemployed and nobody is calling.

  5. nords2016 says: Mar 11, 2016 5:52 PM

    There was a perception Moss, Dillon, Revis were washed up too. Welcome to Foxboro.

  6. mmack66 says: Mar 11, 2016 6:07 PM

    nords2016 says:
    Mar 11, 2016 5:52 PM

    There was a perception Moss, Dillon, Revis were washed up too. Welcome to Foxboro.

    Well, there is a reality that Foster is injury prone. After last season, Bill doesn’t need that.

  7. greenlargo says: Mar 11, 2016 6:25 PM

    He is better for coming to a team later as an icing on the cake after a good solid offense first shows they can be a playoff force even without him. For obvious reasons it’s better if a team can have him fresh later in the season to do that.

    Someone will probably grab him earlier so I’m dreaming. But that’s what I think I see there.

  8. ddtrane says: Mar 11, 2016 7:24 PM

    I can really see him being a Patriot.

  9. harrietknutczak says: Mar 11, 2016 7:25 PM

    He’d look great in a Winnipeg Blue Bombers uniform!

  10. tattooit says: Mar 11, 2016 8:54 PM

    The patriots should sign Foster and Aldon Smith on 1 year “prove it” deals, and flip chandler jones for a pick in the draft.

  11. artworkworld says: Mar 12, 2016 12:21 AM

    I really think that he could be great in New England, but I doubt it will happen.

  12. ppc50 says: Mar 12, 2016 1:17 AM

    Aldon Smith is suspended for the first 10 games, think he will be back with the Raiders

  13. iamhydrogen says: Mar 12, 2016 2:54 AM

    Bears or Pats

  14. mkelly534 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:43 AM

    Foster will definitely be signed somewhere. There is talk of the Seahawks signing him as a backup vet to go with Rawls and Christian Michaels

  15. xavier179 says: Mar 12, 2016 12:44 PM

    I concur, the tank is empty. I hope you invested your money wisely.

  16. jlbay says: Mar 12, 2016 6:58 PM

    I player who nobody is rushing to sign is taking his time . . . hmmm I would say he has no other choice.

  17. liquidchaoss says: Mar 13, 2016 12:12 AM

    I don’t think Foster would work for the Patriots. They already have a good RB core with Blount and Lewis. Blount is the North/South runner and Lewis is the quick RB who can catch really well out the backfield. They also have the old vet Steven Jackson.

    Honestly I think Foster would work best with the Cardinals, IF Chris Johnson doesn’t resign with them. David Johnson will be their featured back and then the full load will be off Foster and he can come in and do his thing. The team has already shown great success with vets, CJ is a great example along with Freeny.

  18. azwildcats96 says: Mar 14, 2016 8:54 PM

    If he’s healthy, he will sign with the Broncos. Period.

  19. texansfan82 says: Mar 15, 2016 1:50 PM

    I would love to have him back with the Texans at the right price. I’m not sure that Lamar Miller can handle every-down duties, so if we were able to utilize a trio of Lamar Miller, Arian Foster and Alfred Blue, I think that would be incredibly formidable. Would give both Foster and Miller the rest that they need to remain productive throughout the game.

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