Arian Foster Texans Release: Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, NY Giants, Oakland Raiders, Patriots Options If Cut?

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Feb 05, 2016 04:05 PM EST
Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans
Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans carries the ball during a NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. "

The Houston Texans may part ways with Arian Foster this offseason after the running back dealt with injuries last year. If Foster is released, teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, NY Giants, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots could be potential landing spots.

Foster is coming into the offseason after playing in just four games for the Texans and that could lead to the team releasing the running back this offseason. Foster is going to be 30 by the time next season starts and that is the age that most running backs start to break down. Foster has dealt with injury issues throughout his Texans career, as the running back has not played a full season for the team since 2012. Those factors could lead to the team moving on from Foster this offseason.  

According to the Houston Chronicle, "multiple sources" report that the Texans are planning to release Foster this offseason. Foster is set to make a non-guaranteed $6.5 million this season in salary and is entering the final year of his contract. The Texans can save money by cutting Foster and they could give Alfred Blue the chance to start after the running back led the team in rushing last season with Foster injured.

Foster rushed for just 163 yards in four games last season before suffering an Achilles injury and that came after he missed time following groin surgery. Foster has been one of the best backs in football when healthy, but over the last three seasons he has missed 23 games for the Texans. Foster likely will be a main target on the free agent market if he is released and can prove he is healthy, as he has shown that he is one of the top running backs when it comes to catching the ball out of the backfield.  

Bleacher Report writes that Foster could be a good fit for the Oakland Raiders, as the team did not get much production out of Roy Helu last season behind Latavius Murray. The Dolphins could be an option if they let Lamar Miller walk this offseason, while the Patriots also could be a fit. Foster will have to show that he is recovered from his injuries before that happens, but it looks like his time in Houston is coming to an end.

During the summer, Texans owner Bob McNair was asked about Foster and his injury issues after the running back suffered a groin injury and had surgery. McNair said that "it seems like every year [Foster's] had a soft tissue injury" and that heading into next season the team would "have to see how healthy he is. But until we know that, there's really not much you can think about." All of that could be writing on the wall for Foster's future in Houston.

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