Texans Release Running Back Arian Foster

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    Photo Credit: Houston Texans

    Photo Credit: Houston Texans

    Running back Arian Foster, who is the Houston Texans’ all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns, was cut by the franchise on Thursday morning.

    One of Tennessee’s most productive alums in the NFL will be free to pursue other NFL opportunities immediately since he is no longer under contract, should he decide to continue his career. NFL free agency for all players with expiring contracts officially begins on March 9.

    Foster, an undrafted free agent in 2009, certainly made the most of his opportunity in Houston, making it to four Pro Bowls, leading the NFL in rushing in 2010, and piling up nearly 6,500 yards on the ground and 54 rushing touchdowns to go along with 2,268 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns in his seven-year stint in Houston.

    “There are not many players I respect more than Arian Foster,” Texans GM Rick Smith said in a statement on Thursday. “He maximized his opportunity as an undrafted college free agent and worked to become the most productive back in franchise history, and one of the most complete backs in the NFL during his tenure with the Texans.”

    Foster, who is viewed with mixed opinions among Tennessee’s fanbase after he made some controversial comments about his time at UT, saying that he received money on the side during his time in Knoxville, is Tennessee’s second all-time leading rusher (2,964 yards from 2006-09), trailing only Travis Henry.