The Miami Dolphins are officially 0-for-3 when it comes to free agency and their running back situation. After losing Lamar Miller, they struck out on C.J. Anderson and kind of got played by Chris Johnson as he negotiated a deal to return to Arizona.
Miami now has its sights set on the next best available veteran option, Arian Foster, and it would be a very nice consolation prize if it is able to get him under contract.
As typical and damning as Foster’s situation is, coming off another serious injury and being 30 years old when the season starts, I still think he’s got gas in the tank. I’m not convinced that Foster is just this washed-up and brittle rusher on the verge of being put out to pasture. He was just starting to hit his stride again last year when he went down, and he looked like vintage Foster out there. I think this whole being 30 thing gets overblown at times.
Miami is also a very nice landing spot for Foster. Let’s pretend that he is washed up, on the decline, all that noise. Miami still has Jay Ajayi coming into his own and could give Foster a break. It’s almost like what Foster had in Houston with Ben Tate, and very briefly with Alfred Blue. If he does need to be part of a timeshare, Ajayi is young and talented enough to handle a chunk of the work. Both could be very effective at the same time.
And for Miami, Foster is nothing but upside for it. If he flakes out as the main guy, it can always give Ajayi the lion’s share of the work and let Foster operate with a handful of touches. If he doesn’t flake out (which is my bet), Miami just got itself the top-end veteran back it has been looking for. Foster gets an easier deal to work with and far less stress to be “the guy.”
It doesn’t seem like the deal will happen today, but I don’t think it will take long. Foster and Miami fit too well and the wells are too dried up elsewhere for them both. It makes a ton of sense for both sides, and they’ve both got nothing to really lose.