Arian Foster seems to finally be recovered from an Achilles tear he suffered in late October.
According to sources he is “hungry” to regain his 2012 form, and in spite of his injury troubles there are multiple teams interested in his services.
His most recent work out was with the Miami Dolphins in March. According to Dolphins executive VP Mike Tannenbaum, Foster’s visit “went well”, but that he was “still a little bit away” from being physically able to play.
But that was over a month ago, and Foster believes he will be in fighting form in time for training camp.
So which teams are the most likely to be interested in Foster’s particular set of skills
The Most Likely:
The Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are a running back down after losing Lamar Miller to the Houston Texans. Miami attempted to shore up the ship by drafting Alabama running back Kenyan Drake. As the third running back off the board, Drake was a pricey investment, but it’s a big risk to rest the fate of your running game on a rookie. 2015 back up Jay Ajayi played only nine games and rushed for a total of 187 yards and one touchdowns. Having a veteran back at the helm would be a boon for The Dolphins running game.
The fact that he’s already had a work out for the team is a good sign.
The San Francisco 49ers
Lead back Carlos Hyde easily lead the team in touches with 115 attempts and yet only played seven games in the season. While he looked good in the games he played in, there are still questions about him being able to shoulder the load of an everydown back. He also only caught 11 passes in those seven games. His back up Shaun Draughn fared a little better in the passing game catching 25 passes over the season, but only finished with 263 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. Foster when healthy is not only a great runner but also a competent pass catching back and a touchdown monster. The 49ers could do a lot worse for a dual threat back.
The Washington Redskins
The Redskins are another team going into the 2016 season short an RB. Last season starter Alfred Morris is now a Dallas Cowboy and the load is currently on the shoulders of Matt Jones. Morris and Jones were both saw some measure of success on the field, but Alfred received the bulk of the carries. Jones may be effective as a committee back but there’s no proof that he has what it takes to be a feature back. Foster’s experience and talent would be a big boost to a team that seems to finally be finding it’s offensive groove again.
Detroit Lions- No feature back emerged for the Lions last season. Ameer Abdullah came the closest and finished with 597 rushing yards. Matthew Stafford had 159.
San Diego Chargers- Danny Woodhead is great at what he does, Melvin Gordon is not.
I don’t know why but my gut is saying Lions. I don’t think they are the best fit for Foster, but I think they may be the best place for him to land. He would have serviceable back ups, a veteran quarterback, and an offense in need of a spark.
But don’t expect any big moves until closer to the start of the season as Foster’s injury concerns are still not put to bed, no matter how optimistic he seems. Foster has only played two full seasons since 2009, but I’ll say this for the guy, when he’s at full throttle he’s a heck of a running back.