The Miami Dolphins signed running back Arian Foster to a one-year deal on Monday, ending months of speculation that Arian Foster would sign a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins had a big hole at running back after Lamar Miller signed with the Houston Texans (to replace Foster), so it made sense that the two sides would come to an agreement once Foster felt he was healthy enough to start practicing.
Foster played in just four games last season and has missed a collective 15 games over the last three seasons. When active, he's rushed for 4.4 yards per carry since 2013.
Turning 30 in about one month, there's a good chance that not only are Foster's best days behind him, but even his good days could be in the past. Even still, if there is some of that classic Foster left in the tank, he could be one of the better free agent bargains of 2016; Foster rushed for 1,246 yards with 13 total touchdowns and 4.8 yards per carry in 13 games in 2014. He led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2010 and 2012.
Miami is scheduled to visit Seattle to play the Seahawks in Week 1, meaning that Foster will make his regular season debut with the Dolphins at that time. But first, he'll have to remain healthy and beat out Jay Ajayi (fifth round pick in 2015) and Kenyan Drake (third round rookie) for carries. Miami also has Isaiah Pead, Daniel Thomas, and Damien Williams at the position right now. The Dolphins new head coach is Adam Gase, who as an offensive coordinator in Denver and Chicago recently, did not have much of a running game of note.
The last time Foster played against Seattle was in 2013, when he rushed for 102 yards in Houston's 23-20 loss in which Richard Sherman returned a pick-six for the win.