The Denver Broncos would seem to be an ideal fit for Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who was released on Thursday.
After seven years with the Houston Texans and a number of fine seasons with my fantasy football teams, Arian Foster has finally been released. Another season-ending surgery was enough that the Texans felt like they could comfortably move on from the 30-year old and his $6 million cap figure for the 2016 season.
Foster now needs a new home, and is still busy recovering. He might not get an opportunity with another NFL team right away, but closer to camp, the Denver Broncos would seem to be a decent fit given Foster’s history with Gary Kubiak.
Not only that, but I believe the Broncos have one of the best running back coaches in the NFL in Eric Studesville, who worked magic back in 2011 with Willis McGahee, helping send him to the Pro Bowl in the latter stages of his career.
Foster has labels of ‘old’ and ‘injury-prone’ now, but was still incredibly effective last season as a receiver, despite having the worst YPC average in his seven seasons in the NFL. It was only four games and less than 70 carries, but it’s still worth noting that Foster wasn’t able to get but 2.6 yards per rush.
Why would he be a good fit for the Broncos other than the connection with Gary Kubiak?
There are a couple of reasons.
First, I think Foster would be a good veteran player to have around in a locker room that is certainly going to be losing some leadership this offseason with the void left by Peyton Manning. This is one of the main reasons I feel like bringing in Matt Forte would be a decent idea.
Another reason I would think bringing in Foster would be a solid idea is the current state of the RB position in Denver. C.J. Anderson is a restricted free agent, and Ronnie Hillman is an unrestricted free agent. The only backs under contract are Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs, so there’s that.
Foster also wouldn’t count against the Broncos’ formula for compensatory picks in 2017 assuming they lose a bunch of guys to free agency this year. Since he was released, he doesn’t count against them in that formula like a normal UFA would.
There are also a number of reasons why the Broncos should pass on signing Foster, but I think he’ll come at a really reasonable price, and could be a valuable addition, especially in the passing game.