The Houston Texans have finally freezed a five-year contract with running back Arian Foster, his agent said Monday. The new 5 year agreement, which will pay Foster $18 million next season, is worth up to $43.5 million with $20.75 million guaranteed.
Foster was an undrafted free agent in 2009, and made $525,000 last season. He was the NFL’s leading rusher in 2010 with 1,616 rushing yards and 604 receiving yards breaking the record set by Priest Holmes for most yards from scrimmage ever by an undrafted player. He ran for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
The 25-year-old was picked up by the Texans as a free agent till September and then signed to Houston’s practice squad the next day. He was then included in the active roster that November after injuries to Houston’s other running backs and rushed for 257 yards in six games.
Signing back Foster was one of Houston’s top priorities after the Texans earned their first division title and playoff victory last season.
Foster’s agent Mike McCartney said “This was a really tough time for Arian, because he took a major risk,” “He really took to heart that the Texans basically said, ‘Hey, we know you had a great year (in 2010), but we need to see it again.’
Arian was also Houston’s second-leading receiver last season, with 53 catches for 617 yards and two touchdowns, and he ranked third in yards from scrimmage in 2011 (1,841).
Foster is finally getting the money he has proven to be worth over the last two seasons.