March 28, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Arian Foster visiting Dolphins on Tuesday
Former Texans star running back Arian Foster is visiting the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly. This is his first free agent visit. The Dolphins lost running back Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency on a four-year, $26 million contract. Their offer sheet for restricted free agent running back C.J. Anderson was matched by the Denver Broncos and Chris Johnson opted to remain with the Arizona Cardinals after visiting the Dolphins. Foster, 29, has been making a sound recovery from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in October during a road loss to the Dolphins. Foster was released this month. He's been training twice a day at IX Innovations under the direction of his older brother, Abdul Foster. . "Arian's doing great," Abdul Foster said."When you go through stuff like this, you say, 'Okay, I'm financially set. I don't need to do this to take care of my family, but, at the end of the day, do I still love this game? Is there still a passion for me?' The reason I'm excited is because Arian is still passionate about football. "That's always a question when money is involved and you've made your mark in the league. Do you still have a desire to play in the league. Arian still does, which is exciting to me. The good part is he's motivated. He's definitely putting in the work here." Released after seven seasons, Foster was entering the fifth year of a $43.5 million contract and had an $8.925 million salary-cap figure and was scheduled for a $6.5 million nonguaranteed base salary. Foster was cleared to resume jogging in January and has made significant progress in his recovery. Foster was limited to four games last season after undergoing groin surgery in August before hurting his Achilles in October, gaining just 163 yards and scoring one touchdown with 22 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He was just starting to regain his old form when he injured his Achilles against the Dolphins. Foster is the Texans' all-time rushing leader with 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns. Foster, 29, will celebrate his 30th birthday in August. He's played in 25 games over the past three seasons. When healthy, Foster has been extremely productive. In 2014, he played in all but three games and rushed for 1,245 yards and eight touchdowns as he averaged 4.8 yards per carry. He caught 38 passes that season for 327 yards and five touchdowns. The two times that Foster has played in all 16 games, he's rushed for 1,424 yards in 2012 and 1,616 yards in 2010. "The bad part is Arian's had a string of injuries, the good part is he doesn't have as much wear and tear and carries and games that a seven-year vet would normally have," Abdul Foster said. "He's still young. The good part about Arian and what makes him an every-down back is he's sharp and one of the reasons he was one of the Texans' prize possessions. He understands the game. "Arian's definitely in the position to make a right decision for himself. I think it's good. He will find a way to rejuvenate himself in football."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.