The Arian Foster Market — Where Could He Land Now?

The Arian Foster Market — Where Could He Land Now?
Where will Arian Foster ply his trade next season?

It's still only OTA's, so it probably hasn't hit a lot of Texans fans yet, but, for the first time since 2008, there will be no Arian Foster in a Texans' uniform in training camp. I'm not going to lie, when those sweltering late July early training camp sessions begin, the absence of number 23 will feel awfully strange, certainly on par with the first training camp without Andre Johnson.

Johnson, as we all know, took his act to the Texans' chief division rival in Indianapolis, so perhaps that squelched any sentimental feelings Texan fans may have had. We have yet to see where Foster will take his talents, knowing only that it appears he plans on taking them somewhere.  Actually, let's take inventory of what we know or feel like we know with regard to Arian Foster.

We know what we heard in Foster's interview with David Nuno on Channel 13 a couple weeks ago, that he's been working out at a breakneck pace every morning with his brother and trainer, Abdul, and that he felt, at the time, he was about a month away from being back at his peak form....

We also know that, according to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have cooled on their approach to Foster, instead opting to see what they have in youngsters Kenyan Drake and Jay Ajayi. 

With that in mind, here's what I feel like we know about Foster and what he may be looking for in a team — 

1. After three seasons of Schaub/Yates/Keenum, Fitzpatrick/Mallett/Savage/Keenum, and Hoyer/Mallett/Yates/Weeden, I believe Foster is only going to go to a team with an established quarterback who has either won a Super Bowl or has Super Bowl-potential type chops. 

2. I don't know if Foster expects to be a 20- to 25-touch workhorse again, but I'm guessing he wants to go somewhere that he has a chance to at least be an equal or near equal committee member, so no teams with bell cow type running backs. 

3. A team that is either a Super Bowl contender or whose arrow is pointed significantly upward. 

So, by my count, here are the top six contenders, in order of their Super Bowl chances:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
QB: Tom Brady
RB Depth Chart: LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden
Super Bowl Odds: +600
Cap Space: $9,470,093
Analysis: This might be the deepest backfield of the six teams on this list, but if Foster were to work his way into this rotation, the Patriots are the most intriguing in terms of how they might use him. If he's healthy, I could see Foster being a 50-60 catch guy out of the backfield easily. 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
QB:
Russell Wilson
RB Depth Chart: Thomas Rawls, Christine Michael, CJ Prosise, Alex Collins
Super Bowl Odds: +600
Cap Space: $9,980,839
Analysis: This would be a spot where Foster can disappear from the radar of Texans fans. This is a very young backfield, with two rookies (Prosise and Collins) in the mix, and Rawls (undrafted in 2015) in line to start. 

DENVER BRONCOS
QB:
Mark Sanchez or Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian (i.e. not ideal)
RB Depth Chart: C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, Devontae Booker
Super Bowl Odds: +1200
Cap Space: 6,232,142
Analysis: This backfield is crowded with the Broncos re-signing both Anderson and Hillman and using a third-round pick on Booker, but it's Gary Kubiak's team, so they make the list almost by default. 

BALTIMORE RAVENS
QB:
Joe Flacco
RB Depth Chart: Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Kenneth Dixon, Trent Richardson
Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Cap Space: $8,386,576
Analysis: The Ravens are coming off a 5-11 season, which, if we've learned anything about Baltimore, means they're primed to get back to the postseason this year. Flacco is a guy who's won at the highest level, and there are no world beaters in this backfield. A healthy Foster could start here. 

OAKLAND RAIDERS
QB:
Derek Carr
RB Depth Chart: Latavius Murray, Taiwan Jones, Roy Helu, George Atkinson
Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Cap Space: $3,464,289
Analysis: Kind of a wild card, a young team that is everyone's chic "sleeper" pick. Foster grew up a Raiders fan, so that may hold some weight. 

NEW YORK GIANTS
QB:
Eli Manning
RB Depth Chart: Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Shane Vereen, Paul Perkins
Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Cap Space: $18,585,805
Analysis: The Giants spent a ton of cap space and draft equity shoring up the defense, and they've got weapons on offense. Also, Foster has expressed publicly how much he likes New York City. 

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