The Houston Texans have reached a deal with running back Arian Foster, according to multiple sources.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Texans have signed Foster to a five year contract, although the terms have yet to be released. Foster probably would have designated with the team’s franchise tag today had they not come to an agreement, as the deadline for tagging players stands at 4 p.m. today. It is not yet known if Houston will use their franchise tag on another player at this point.
Mario Williams was once rumored to receive the tag, although it may cost the Texans more than $20 million in 2012 to retain Williams under the new guidelines, making it unlikely that the team will franchise him.
Foster has had two consecutive standout seasons for Houston, following up his NFL best 1,615 rushing yards in 2010 with another strong season in 2011, posting 1,224 in limited action due to a hamstring injury that cost him close to a total of three games.
After playing four solid years with the Tennessee Volunteers in college, Foster was an undrafted free agent. After becoming the team’s starter in 2010, following an up and down 2009 in which he was signed, released, signed to the practice squad and then put on the active roster, Foster is now regarded by many as the best all around running back in the game today.