According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Houston Texans have decided to release veteran running back Arian Foster after seven seasons with the team.
Big move: Arian Foster has been told the Texans are releasing him, per a source close to him. After great run, Foster finished in Houston.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2016
With Foster now on the open market, will the Broncos be interested in bringing in the veteran running back?
I believe they will.
The Gary Kubiak connection is the easy one to be made. He was Foster's Head Coach for the majority of his career, Foster knows his system, and has plenty of success in the system.
Also, the Broncos are probably looking for a 1B to C.J. Anderson this offseason. Ronnie Hillman held that role last season, but he is currently heading toward free agency. With Foster's career nearing an end, a running back committee role would be Foster's best bet in 2016.
Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway said last week that the Broncos will look at free agency and the draft to improve the running back position.
"C.J. Anderson had a good year. Ronnie Hillman will be a free agent and so we’ll see what happens with Ronnie. Juwan Thompson had a good year and did a nice job for us on special teams. We’ll continue to try to get better there. We’ll look at that position group in free agency as well as the draft and see if we can get better in that area."
Could Foster be that guy?
In seven season's in the NFL, Foster has rushed for 6,472 yards, averaged 4.5 yards per carry, and has 54 career rushing touchdowns. He has also added 249 receptions for 2,268 yards, and 14 career receiving touchdowns.
Reuniting with Gary Kubiak, who coached Foster during his highest-graded seasons in Houston, almost makes too much sense—and therefore probably won’t happen. But Foster could easily be the third-down back that C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman have failed to develop into, while also taking spot carries here and there. Foster knows the scheme backwards and forwards and would be able to be plugged right into the lineup on Day 1.
Now, there are concerns with Foster.
Foster will turn 30 years old in late August, and that's the age where running backs begin going downhill. He can still have a successful season at age 30, but his days are numbered in the NFL.
Also, Foster has struggled with injuries the past three seasons. He has missed a total of 24 games over the last three season's and only played a total of four games in 2015.
Foster suffered a torn Achilles back in late October and is currently rehabbing that injury. He had surgery on November 1st, and is reportedly "healthy enough to sign right now", and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that teams may wait until the summer time when they can see Foster run.
I could see Foster in Denver, but the price will have to be right for the Broncos.
Another former Texan's player the could interest the Denver Broncos is tight end Garrett Graham who also released earlier today.
In 2013, Kubiak's last season, Garrett Graham had 49 catches for 545 yards and 5 TDs playing with Owen Daniels.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 3, 2016
He was one of Gary Kubiak's "guys" at Houston, so it does make some sense for the Broncos to be interested in Graham.
The Broncos aren't really hurting at the tight end position, but they're not doing really great either.
Veteran Owen Daniels really played well for the Broncos down the stretch, but he will be another year older this season. Virgil Green was mostly used as a blocker, and rookie Jeff Heuerman missed the entire season with an injury.
Also, Kubiak is known for bringing in many tight ends during the offseason, so I would not be surprised to see Graham in a Broncos uniform.