Arian Foster's time with the Houston Texans is done, but his time in the NFL may not be. Foster has scheduled workouts with both the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions this week.
Foster sat out the final 13 weeks of the 2015 season after suffering a torn Achilles during Houston's Week 4 loss to the Dolphins. It was also the third time in seven seasons Foster failed to play more than half of Houston's games. Foster played all 16 only twice -- leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns both times (2010 and 2012). At the time of the injury, he was averaging a career-low 2.6 yards per carry.
After leading the league with 351 carries in 2012, Foster played in only 25 of the Texans' 48 games. He was productive while on the field, but not really on the field enough to be as productive as we got used to him being during his first four years in the league. It makes more sense, at this point, for Foster to transition into a part-time role.
In that sense, the Dolphins and Lions are reasonable destinations. Miami has Jay Ajayi in place as its likely primary back, but spent the offseason looking for a complement to him and came away empty. Given Foster's pass-catching ability (only seven running backs have more catches since he became Houston's starter in 2009), he would make for an ideal third-down back, especially for a quarterback that likes to check down like Ryan Tannehill. Foster makes slightly less sense in Detroit, where the Lions already have Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah, but they have shown a willingness over the years to use more than just two backs as rotation-type players.
Foster is 29 years old now and may not have much left in the tank, if last year is an indication of his remaining skill level. But he's surely worth a flier for teams that need another back to add to their stable.