With the 2016 NFL draft slightly over a month away, rumors regarding the Denver Broncos and their possible selections are heating up. Since the Broncos have the last pick in the draft, they are unlikely to land one of the few true stars that will be selected within the first 10 to 15 picks. Regardless, the Broncos are rumored to be interested in free agent running back Arian Foster, who still has the potential to produce elite numbers.
While Foster has suffered numerous injuries throughout his career, he has proven that he is one of the top running backs in the NFL. At 29 years old, Foster is not exactly a young running back, but he is still more than capable of providing the Broncos with exactly what they need. Since the Broncos recently re-signed C.J. Anderson, Foster would not have to carry the load in Denver.
As reported by USA Today, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak recently admitted that the team will consider bringing Foster in.
“Obviously Arian played really [well] for me and I know how Arian works and takes care of himself. I know he’s had some rough injuries here over the past few years. The thing that I’m encouraged about from my relationship with Arian is I know how hard he’ll work to get back. I know how driven he is to come back and play. We’re going to look at everybody who is out there. It will be interesting to see where he’s at. It’s my understanding that he’s not quite ready yet. He’s still got some time left, so we’ll see. We’ll look at everybody”
Since Kubiak was Foster’s former head coach with the Houston Texans, he knows all of his tendencies. While Foster is not the same bell cow running back that he was in 2010, he could lead a running back committee that could be one of the best in the NFL. As recently as 2014, Foster had one of the best seasons of his career. He rushed 260 times for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns. He also added 38 receptions for 327 yards and five touchdowns.
2015 was marked by injuries as Foster only played in four games and rushed for 163 yards and one touchdown. He added 22 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns. While Foster’s 2015 numbers are concerning, he was apparently never healthy. While Foster’s health and motivation to play football have always been questioned, his brother claims that he is more motivated than ever, as reported by ProFootballTalk.
“Arian’s doing great. 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.”
Whether or not Foster ends up with the Broncos remains to be seen, but his best opportunity might come in Denver. As reported by the Inquisitr, the New England Patriots are also rumored to be interested in Foster, but that is where running backs go to die. While the Patriots’ Super Bowl chances have to be an appeal for Foster, the Broncos’ chances are just as good. Playing with Tom Brady is tempting, but the Patriots never really commit to the running game.
While Foster would be in a committee if he signs with the Broncos, he would likely be guaranteed a healthy amount of carries. Still without a quarterback, the Broncos are going to once again be relying heavily on their running game for offense. With one of the top defenses in the league, being able to run the football and control the clock is going to be more important than ever.
With former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster still on the free agent market, rumors will continue to connect him to the Denver Broncos. While the Broncos recently re-signed C.J. Anderson, expect them to make a push for the former Pro Bowl running back.
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