The Houston Texans breathed a major sigh of relief after coming to terms on a five-year contract with running back Arian Foster. The deal was announced by Foster's agent, Mike McCartney, on his Twitter account early this morning.
The signing not only keeps Foster in a Texans uniform for the foreseeable future, but it frees them up to use their franchise tag on another player if they so choose. The Texans had hinted they would use the franchise tag on Foster, which would have kept him in a Houston uniform for at least the 2012 season.
Defensive end Mario Williams, the second overall pick in the 2006 draft, is slated to become a free agent on March 13. But the Texans may be hesitant to use the franchise tag on Williams, because the franchise tag would require them to pay him $22 million in 2012. The team is attempting to sign him to a new deal.