Former Pro-Bowler Arian Foster was released by the Houston Texans last week in a move to free up some salary cap space, making Foster an unrestricted free agent in the process. Since he cleared waivers, there have been a number of teams interested in the veteran’s services, which would surely improve their NFL sports betting odds in the process.
One of the teams that could be showing interest in Foster is Green Bay.
Before the start of last season, the Green Bay Packers believed they had their running back situation taken care of with Eddie Lacy proving he could handle the workload. By the time training camp arrived, Lacy showed up for camp overweight, and had struggled to get the weight off as the season progressed.
At one point, head coach Mike McCarthy benched Lacy due to his lack of production. Toward the end of the season, Lacy started to turn things around, but the damage had already been done. After the season, the Packers told Lacy he had to report in better shape, but if they don’t want to take any chances, they should be kicking the tires on Foster.
Last season, Foster had 63 carries for 163 yards and 1 touchdown. He also added 227 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 catches before missing the rest of the season with a torn Achilles. Due to injury concerns, Foster won’t be able to command as much money as he would like, which is something that might entice the Packers.
If Green Bay can sign Foster to a team friendly deal that gives him the opportunity to get more money through incentives, they could get a big return on their investment – assuming Foster stays healthy.
For the past last few seasons, James Starks has been the backup running back in Green Bay. After he showed some flashes of brilliance while relieving Lacy, there are a lot of teams interested in signing him, and with no guarantees that he will be returning to Green Bay, Foster seems like a great fit for the Packers.
At 29-years-old, Foster is approaching the point where his skills start to diminish, especially at the running back position. Even though he has been sidelined by injuries in the past couple of seasons, Foster should have some healthy legs because he hasn’t been carrying the load as much as he did when he was healthy, after playing only 17 games in the last two seasons.
Foster should be a great fit in Green Bay because he is a great runner and pass catcher that can lineup in the slot and give Aaron Rodgers another weapon to work with. Playing in Green Bay can also help Foster extend his career because Mike McCarthy likes splitting carries between running backs and Foster won’t have to carry the load by himself like he did with the Houston Texans.
By choosing Green Bay over other suitors, Foster will also give himself a great opportunity to win a Super Bowl ring. Last season, the Packers still made it to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs despite not having a consistent running game and missing two of their best receivers. With a healthy receiving corps, an in shape Lacy, and Foster, the Packers will have one of the best offenses in the NFL.