The Houston Texans have decided to part ways with the franchise’s leading rusher, Arian Foster. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news this morning on twitter.
Big move: Arian Foster has been told the Texans are releasing him, per a source close to him. After great run, Foster finished in Houston.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2016
Foster has been one of the best stories in the NFL since the Texans picked him up in 2009.
Foster went from being an undrafted running back out of Tennessee to a superstar running back and one of the premier running backs in the NFL. Foster’s smooth and effortless running style wreaked havoc when he was healthy.
He put together four 1,000 yard seasons and rushed for more than 6,000 yards overall during his time in Houston.
Unfortunately for Foster, he suffered major injuries like a torn groin, torn Achilles and an ACL tear as well. As a result, the Texans decided that they no longer could trust Foster to be their running back of the future and they believe that his better days are behind him.
This move will free up more than six million dollars worth of cap space for the team but they now have a major hole at running back and quarterback.
Arian Foster is still only 29, so he may still have one or two good years left in him depending on how well he recovers. Foster will likely draw plenty of interest in free agency from teams in desperate need of a running back.
He’s been through a lot over the course of his life, and he’s expressed that there are times where he has not enjoyed football as much. He could easily step away from the game if he really wanted to, and don’t be surprised if he does.
Foster leaves the Texans as the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards, rushing attempts and rushing touchdowns.
Check out some of his best highlights as a part of the Houston Texans.