MIAMI – Four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster took a big step Monday in his comeback from a torn Achilles tendon, signing a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.
“I still feel like I’m a Pro Bowl-caliber player, and I intend to show it,” Foster said.
Foster, who spent the past seven years with the Houston Texans, was hurt in Game 7 last year at Miami. He paid a free agent visit to the Dolphins in March and accepted an offer after working out for them Monday.
Miami was looking to add depth at running back following the loss of Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency.
“After my visit with Miami, I kind of made my mind up that that was where I wanted to be,” Foster said. “I see a lot of promise in this team and feel like I add value.”
Jay Ajayi is expected to start after rushing for 187 yards as a rookie last year. Foster will likely compete for a backup role with third-round pick Kenyan Drake and veterans Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams.
Injuries have limited Foster to 25 games in the past three years, and he played in just four games last season, averaging 2.6 yards per carry. He holds the Texans’ franchise record with 6,472 yards rushing, but he’ll turn 30 next month, and acknowledged the challenge of shopping his services in free agency.
“There was light interest and heavy interest, spotty, you know, here and there,” he said. “But this league knows that when I’m on the field, I’m one of the most productive doing it.”
Foster’s most recent Pro Bowl season was 2014, when he rushed for 1,246 yards and caught 38 passes for 327 in 13 games. He has 2,268 yards in career receptions.
Packers to honor Favre
Green Bay Wisconsin AP
Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre plans to make another special trip back to Lambeau Field.
The team announced Monday that Favre will appear at a halftime ceremony of Green Bay’s game on Oct. 16 against Dallas. The ceremony will honor Favre’s induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which will take place on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.
Favre and the organization have mended their relationship following the quarterback’s bitter departure in 2008 stemming from questions about whether he would retire. He returned to Green Bay last Thanksgiving, when the team unveiled his retired No. 4 on the Lambeau facade.
In the October ceremony, Favre’s name will be unveiled on the stadium facade alongside other former Packers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.