3 Teams That Could Sign Arian Foster For 2016
Arian Foster isn’t quite the hot commodity he was just a season ago. Heading into 2015, he was an elite, featured running back for the Houston Texans. With him, Houston always would have a shot to steal the AFC South division crown, make the playoffs and maybe even go on a playoff run. Without him, they’d be dead in the water.
The latter wasn’t the case once Foster went down with a torn Achilles last year, and suddenly the Texans brass must have realized that their offense could survive without their prized running back.
Houston officially moved on, releasing the 29-year old rusher earlier this off-season, and then quickly replacing him by bringing in explosive runner, Lamar Miller.
While the Texans were probably right to cut bait and grab a younger, more reliable option for the present and future, Foster still remains a valuable asset out on the open market.
Needless to say, even though Foster has some serious rehab left ahead of him, numerous NFL teams could be interesting in what he still has left in the tank. After all, if it’s anything remotely close to the guy the league saw go nuts from 2010 to 2014, it’d be a signing worth discussing.
A few teams right out of the gates could either use Foster or should be interested, and with training camp around the corner, we’re just now starting to see Arian Foster rumors heat up. Let’s take a closer look at some of Foster’s top potential suitors for 2016 and see if he could help some teams out:
New England Patriots
Foster just happened to be in Boston at a Red Sox game recently and some whispers suggest a signing with New England could be in the works. It is said to be “preliminary” at the moment, but it’s still big news – especially if it goes down.
— Pro Football Rumors (@pfrumors) May 21, 2016
New England is absolutely in the market for a running back upgrade, as they suffered through numerous injuries at the position in 2015 and really lack a game-changer talent. LeGarrette Blount is no longer the answer and Dion Lewis went down with a knee injury last season, so at the very worst they need to consider bringing in a steady veteran that can carry a full load, be a threat as a receiver and also punch the ball in the end-zone.
Foster can do it all still and provided he can make a full recovery and isn’t totally toast at nearly 30 years old, he could be a great addition and one heck of a story. It’d be an ideal fit for Foster, too, as New England’s system could make him a high profile option again, while the Pats’ propensity for deep playoff runs has to be mighty attractive for a player likely looking at the latter stages of his career.
Thomas Rawls is the early candidate to lead Seattle’s backfield in carries in 2015, but it’s still very possible that’s not something the Seahawks are elated about.
Marshawn Lynch has left a massive hole with his recent retirement, and if Seattle stands pat, they’re looking at a lot of touches for a still fairly unproven (and not so versatile) Rawls, or a lot of extra work for some rookie running backs behind him.
Rather than thow caution to the wind, Seattle could try to keep their ground game at an elite level, and that’s where Foster could come in. Foster even offers more upside than Lynch ever did as a receiver out of the backfield, while he has the size, strength and toughness to be the physical presence Seattle’s offense needs.
Much like joining New England could do, a trip to Seattle could help Foster go deep into the playoffs and possibly even compete for a title. With a role and a shot at a title in sights, this would be a tough job for Foster to turn down.
Denver is an odd spot, seeing as they drafted Devontae Booker in the 2016 NFL Draft and already brought back C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.
NFL Free Agency Report: Broncos Reached Out To Arian Foster: The Broncos reportedly have interest in a two-ti… https://t.co/129HL7tfvz
— Ken Robinson (@superscoutken) May 20, 2016
They seem to have a solid stable of rushers, but two obvious facts remain: their running backs are all inconsistent and Foster has legit ties to Denver head coach Gary Kubiak from their days together in Houston. Foster could come in as the lead guy and start ahead of Anderson and Hillman and give the Broncos a strong three-headed monster on the ground. That, or Kubiak could just be giving a friendly reach out to see where Foster is at in the recovery process.
Think Foster ends up in Foxboro, Seattle or Denver? Think he’s going somewhere else or is done, altogether? Let us hear it in the comments below!
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