The Houston Texans on Thursday released all-time leading rusher and four-time Pro-Bowler Arian Foster, a decision expected by many following a litany of injuries that have derailed the career of the 29-year-old running back.
Foster, a seven year veteran of the Texans, played in only four games last season due to groin and Achilles tendon ailments. He was due a $6.5 million base salary for next season. With his release, the team will save around $6 million.
Since joining the Texans in 2009, Foster has rushed for 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns, good enough for first in franchise history in both categories.
“Arian has contributed much, and meant a great deal to the success of the franchise over the past seven seasons and we wish only the best as he continues his playing career,” said Texans general manager Rick Smith in a statement. “There are not many players I respect more than Arian Foster.”
Since becoming the team’s starting running back in 2010, the year he won the rushing title, Foster developed a series of injuries, likely due in part to his high number of carries, leading the NFL in that category. A a torn meniscus, hamstring injuries, a knee injury, a back injury that required surgery, minor and major groin injures and the torn Achilles tendon all played a part in Foster only playing one full season since his arrival in Houston as an undrafted free agent (2012).
Although his 30th birthday is soon approaching, Foster will likely draw interest from several prominent teams.
He is third all-time behind only Jim Brown and Barry Sanders in most scrimmage yards per game with 115.0.