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Arian Foster Looks To Regain Form with Dolphins

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For the earlier part of the decade, Arian Foster was one of the top running backs in the NFL. The former Houston Texan is a 4x Pro Bowler and 2x All-Pro. Foster’s a former rushing champion, and he’s led the NFL twice in rushing touchdowns.

He also is ranked third in NFL history with 115 yards per game from scrimmage. (min 75 games) Only behind Barry Sanders (118.9) and Jim Brown. (125.5)

Injuries and the vigor’s of the NFL have taken a toll on the former Tennessee Volunteer.

In 2015, Foster was able to return from a torn groin the previous season, but in week six he tore his Achilles, and was lost for the season.

Foster has had a history of hamstring injuries, that kept him out of several games in 2011 and 2014. In 2013, he was lost for the season in week nine to a herniated disk. He hasn’t played a full season since 2012.

However, Foster is indeed healthy for the season. Today, the Miami Dolphins signed the six year vet, to a one year, 1.5 million dollar deal, with two million included in incentives. His $400,000 signing bonus, is the only guaranteed money apart of the deal.

Ironically, the Texans and Dolphins essentially swapped starting running backs this past off-season.

The Texans signed former Dolphin, Lamar Miller to a four-year 26 million dollar deal, with 14 million guaranteed.

The Dolphins have an unproven stable of backs, and Arian Foster would be an absolute steal, IF he can remain healthy.

He’s approaching 30, and his best days are behind him, but I envision a Chris Johnson-like resurgence for FosterJohnson revitalized his career in Arizona last season, as he split carries with David Johnson.

The Dolphins are high on Jay Ajayi, a fifth round pick in 2015, out of Boise State.

Ajayi‘s been one of those guys he’s been here every day. He’s done everything right. You can tell he’s looking to improve. He doesn’t say much, just keeps working. The rest of that group has done a good job to try and keep up with him, but obviously he’s kind of separated himself from that group as far as the consistency of what he does day in and day out,” Gase told reporters in June.

Arian Foster has a reputation of being one of the better zone runners in the league. His slashing running style is complementary to Ajayi‘s downhill running ability.

The two could be one of the more under-the-radar running back duo’s in the NFL. The Dolphins are slated to open training camp, on July 29th.