Could Arian Foster reunite with Gary Kubiak in Denver?

Updated: March 4, 2016
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There was speculation on whether the Houston Texans would keep or release All-Pro running back Arian Foster after last season. His ongoing injuries, in addition to the team’s success without him, raised a lot of assumptions that the two would almost certainly part ways.

The Texans made it official Thursday, releasing Foster after he failed a physical designation. Foster’s agent Mike McCartney publicly announced the news via Twitter.

The release of Foster wasn’t surprising; it was actually expected. Last year, he rushed for 163 yards and one touchdown in four games, before suffering a season-ending Achilles tear.

Considering he’s still recovering from the injury, it’s understandable why he may have failed the physical. But passing it wasn’t merely the reason he was released, it was based on his ability to play through a full season.

Since 2013, he’s had several setbacks due to injuries. Although when healthy he’s one of the most productive backs in the league, the Texans have simply run out of patience. And rightfully so, considering the last time he’s played a full 16-game season was in 2012. During his seven-year career in Houston, Foster’s rushed for a total of 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns.

Now that he’s a free agent, he’ll receive interest from a multitude of teams. Keep an eye on the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Most of Foster’s success came under Gary Kubiak when he was the head coach of the Texans. Even though the Broncos have C.J. Anderson in the backfield, they could still use a guy like Foster — who’s also a great receiver. I wouldn’t be surprised if the two were reunited in Denver.

The team also released safety Rahim Moore and tight end Garret Graham Thursday, both of whom had little-to-no playing time during the latter part of the 2015 season.

It’s becoming clear that the Texans prefer, and want to win immediately. They made an improbable run to the playoffs last season, and they’re obviously looking to build upon that success with players who are available and can produce right away.

Nishara Holmes

Nishara Holmes is a sportswriter for Sidelines Sports Report. She resides in Prince George County, Maryland.

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