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Dolphins bringing Arian Foster in for a visit Tuesday

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The Dolphins’ continued quest to find someone willing to play running back for them has led to a guy who isn’t quite ready to run.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Texans running back Arian Foster is visiting the Dolphins Tuesday.

Miami lost Lamar Miller in free agency, then missed on C.J. Anderson when the Broncos matched their offer sheet, and then Chris Johnson used them as leverage for a deal back with the Cardinals.

Now, they’re turning their attention to a back who, when well, is one of the best in the league. Foster is the kind of versatile back offenses can be built around when he’s on the field.

But at the moment, he’s rehabbing the Achilles he tore last year, and his brother/trainer says his desire to play again is evident.

Foster will turn 30 before the start of the season, and he might give them a solid player to go with Jay Ajayi, and keep them from having to trade for one.

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30 Responses to “Dolphins bringing Arian Foster in for a visit Tuesday”
  1. typicalnipple says: Mar 28, 2016 11:15 AM

    He wants to be handed the ball by Big John Football.

  2. jonwill57 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:21 AM

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. When they kick the tires, I hope they don’t kick too hard…something might break!

  3. jermainewiggins says: Mar 28, 2016 11:24 AM

    I wonder if they can just sign him directly to the IR

  4. hawksfansince77 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:27 AM

    News Break: visit cancelled, Foster tore his MCL packing his bags.

  5. laxcoach37 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:27 AM

    Sounds like a decent idea. Let the Doctors check him out and pay accordingly. No doubt he has potential to be the better than most RB that just went in FA for about triple what he will get, but that is a big If.

    The Dolphins have been overdue for a break… imagine if Maxwell comes back to Seattle playing form and then Mario Williams, Arian Foster and Kiko Alonzo are healthy this could be the cheapest and quietest FA for the Fins yet. Three stud players for under $10M! Well, then again that is my 40 year love relationship with this team in a nutshell. As they say in Shawshank Redemption: “Hope is a Good thing”.

  6. aerec says: Mar 28, 2016 11:28 AM

    Trade a low pick for Knife Davis; KC only uses him as a kickoff returner and that just became even less valuable last week.

  7. quadya says: Mar 28, 2016 11:46 AM

    he will fit perfectly in the zone blocking scheme that Gase wants to run. Sign him today.

  8. finfansince68 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:50 AM

    For Tannenbaum this makes perfect sense coming from a clueless GM …as much as he’ll surely blow on the upcoming draft picks as well !

  9. scmems07 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:58 AM

    Johnson didn’t use anyone for leverage. He has maybe 1 or 2 years of football left. He decided to go back to the Cardinals for a chance to win a SB. You forgot to write that the Patriots were interested in signing him too, funny how you didn’t think they were used as “leverage” too.

  10. FinFan68 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:20 PM

    Scmems07, that’s how they roll here. Somehow CJ Anderson preferring Miami to Denver doesn’t count as a RB willing to play for the either.

    I think Miami should hold off on signing a RB. They might have a decent one fall to them in the draft order and plenty of guys will be shuffled around after the draft. No sense looking at a guy that cannot even workout right nowz especially one with an injury history as ominous as Foster’s. There is a RB production wall that hits most of them at 30. This guy will be 30 and nursing a bad wheel. Pass for now, please.

  11. clashpoint says: Mar 28, 2016 12:23 PM

    Saw this coming, there weren’t too many good running backs left to choose from. The Dolphins certainly need at least one and maybe a couple more backs. This could go either way, depending on the health of not only Foster, but Miami’s offensive line, which also kinda lacks depth.

    I like Foster though, if he can stay healthy. He could get a lot of carries for this team. He seems like a decent dude too, who can probably have a career in sports media if he wants it when he’s done playing. If he can’t stay healthy, that’ll come sooner rather than later.

  12. harshedmellow says: Mar 28, 2016 12:26 PM

    Wasn’t Foster’s other major injury a harder-soft-tissue one as well- I.E., his groin? That kind of brittleness is a bad bad sign.

  13. lambeauheap says: Mar 28, 2016 12:28 PM

    That “brother/trainer” of his has effectively ruined Foster’s career. I’ve watched his workout regimens and they are very different than what the typical NFL player does. Much less time spent on stretching and building up strong muscles and ligaments in the legs.

    I admire Arian, and for that I hate to see the well intentioned hiring of his brother as a trainer cost him his career. Seriously, how many soft tissue/ligament injuries has the guy had? And he’s never thought, well maybe I should get a professional trainer and workout specialist instead of the brother who has me doing sport training w no connection to football?

    Shame, I can only imagine what his career could have been without that decision.

  14. finsphan says: Mar 28, 2016 12:31 PM

    I really hope Miami doesn’t use the 13th pick on a RB, especially if Hargreaves falls. There are too many needs on the defensive side of the ball to worry about offense in the first 2 rd’s. Grab a RB in the 3rd or later and see how Ajayi performs. I’d like to see them throw a 6th to ARI for Ellington, that would be a good fit for Gase.

  15. nhpats says: Mar 28, 2016 12:33 PM

    lambeauheap says:
    Mar 28, 2016 12:28 PM
    That “brother/trainer” of his has effectively ruined Foster’s career. I’ve watched his workout regimens and they are very different than what the typical NFL player does. Much less time spent on stretching and building up strong muscles and ligaments in the legs.

    I admire Arian, and for that I hate to see the well intentioned hiring of his brother as a trainer cost him his career. Seriously, how many soft tissue/ligament injuries has the guy had? And he’s never thought, well maybe I should get a professional trainer and workout specialist instead of the brother who has me doing sport training w no connection to football?

    Shame, I can only imagine what his career could have been without that decision.

    —————-
    Who should he have used…..Eddie Lacy’s trainer?

  16. ab420420 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:45 PM

    The dolphins continue their quest to get older and injury-prone at every position in 2016

  17. boyso3 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:56 PM

    aerec
    Mar 28, 2016, 11:28 AM EDT
    Trade a low pick for Knife Davis; KC only uses him as a kickoff returner and that just became even less valuable last week.

    I’ve always liked that kid. Good strong runner with a little wiggle and a lot of speed. Given Charles’ injury history and contract I’m sure KC will hold onto Davis for a while but I think he’s a #1 just waiting for his opportunity

  18. factman1000 says: Mar 28, 2016 1:02 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I really hope they sign this guy. Total waste of money

  19. doe22us says: Mar 28, 2016 1:11 PM

    Dynamic back when healthy, better than Anderson and Miller combined, but just prone to soft tissue injuries. Its worth a try, why not.

  20. damcmp says: Mar 28, 2016 1:17 PM

    Somebody please sign him!!!! I am sick of seeing him in that Texans uniform!!!

  21. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 28, 2016 2:39 PM

    I think he can help a team. Maybe he can score more than 12 measly playoff points like the phins have over the last 15 years. You’re welcome.

  22. jonwill57 says: Mar 28, 2016 2:43 PM

    laxcoach37 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 11:27 AM

    Sounds like a decent idea. Let the Doctors check him out and pay accordingly. No doubt he has potential to be the better than most RB that just went in FA for about triple what he will get, but that is a big If.

    The Dolphins have been overdue for a break… imagine if Maxwell comes back to Seattle playing form and then Mario Williams, Arian Foster and Kiko Alonzo are healthy this could be the cheapest and quietest FA for the Fins yet. Three stud players for under $10M! Well, then again that is my 40 year love relationship with this team in a nutshell. As they say in Shawshank Redemption: “Hope is a Good thing”.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Maxwell’s hefty contract, albeit restructured, went to Miami too.

  23. Realist says: Mar 28, 2016 3:00 PM

    You need to pay him by the game. If he finishes the game upright, he gets a check.

  24. randomguy9999 says: Mar 28, 2016 3:10 PM

    they… need…. a…. QB

  25. 69finfan says: Mar 28, 2016 3:23 PM

    While they’re at it maybe they should give Merc a look. He’s available.

  26. laxcoach37 says: Mar 28, 2016 3:28 PM

    jonwill57

    Maxwell’s hefty contract, albeit restructured, went to Miami too
    ____________________________________

    Agreed, but it is lot less than Brent Grimes’ was ($12.8M)and he is almost 5 years younger. Likewise, the Dolphins do not have as much Cap hit ($8.5M for the next 2 years with his numbers. If he sucks, they can Cut him next year. My comment was about Williams, Alonzo and Foster. Also the average starting cover corner gets exactly S8.3M, so he ranks 19th in pay, which seems about right. Like everything with a losing team: this is Boom or Bust.

  27. mjd08501 says: Mar 28, 2016 3:44 PM

    Only the dolphins would think that getting older and less athletic is the way to the top. This team is destined for last place again.

  28. commiecensorshiponpft says: Mar 28, 2016 5:14 PM

    scmems07 says:…
    Mar 28, 2016 11:58 AM

    Johnson didn’t use anyone for leverage. He has maybe 1 or 2 years of football left. He decided to go back to the Cardinals for a chance to win a SB. You forgot to write that the Patriots were interested in signing him too, funny how you didn’t think they were used as “leverage” too.
    .
    Once a misnomer gets printed it just keeps getting parroted. The guy said he turned down x2 the money from some other team.

    To the other parrot troll. How is this desperation? A complementary position to what amounts to a first year rookie RB is needed. And so far they have looked at all vet RB

  29. beachsidejames says: Mar 28, 2016 6:47 PM

    Wow, 12 measly playoff points in 15 years. That’s awful. And still they beat the Patriots the last 2 out of the meetings.

  30. mattbilleauthor says: Mar 28, 2016 10:39 PM

    They ought to take a look at Hillman, too: he needs to be more consistent, but he had some good performances for Denver last year.

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