Former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is having a somewhat difficult time finding a job this offseason. At 29 years old and coming off another serious injury (torn Achilles), teams are understandably apprehensive about signing him to a deal of any significance.
Foster appeared in just four games last season for the Texans. The franchise clearly had enough of his inability to stay on the field, and it ultimately led to his release. But just a season prior in 2014, Foster tallied 1,246 rushing yards and eight TDs in only 13 games, so it’s fair to assume a team will eventually take a flyer on the uber-talented but oft-injured rusher.
Thus far, it appears the Miami Dolphins have shown the most interest. Foster is reportedly set to meet with the Dolphins on Tuesday.
Arian Foster reportedly will visit the Dolphins tomorrowhttps://t.co/FlcJ9g1SdP
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) March 28, 2016
The Dolphins elected not to make a big effort to re-sign Lamar Miller, who ultimately signed a lucrative deal with the Texans. Instead, earlier in the offseason they made an attempt to sign restricted free agent C.J. Anderson of the Denver Broncos, but the Broncos somewhat surprisingly matched Miami’s offer sheet to retain his services.
NFL sophomore Jay Ajayi is well thought of by many in Miami, but he underwhelmed for the most part in an extremely limited role as a rookie (187 yards, one TD, 3.8 YPC). Thus, heading into the 2016 campaign without adding another dynamic running back to pair with him makes little to no sense.
At this point, rolling the dice on Foster might be Miami’s best bet. If the Dolphins were to take a running back early on in the 2016 NFL Draft, it would mean they would be relying on two players with a total of 56 career touches to carry their run attack during a season in which the organization intends on competing for a playoff spot after spending a boatload of money in free agency.
Sure, there’s a solid chance Foster could miss eight or more games next season given his track record. However, if the Dolphins are able to ink him to an incentive-laden deal with a low base salary, the potential reward would far outweigh the risk.