Debating Arian Foster’s fit in the Seahawks’ backfield

Mar 29, 2016, 12:16 PM | Updated: Mar 30, 2016, 10:29 am
Arian Foster, 29, missed all but four games last season due to a torn Achilles. (AP)...
Arian Foster, 29, missed all but four games last season due to a torn Achilles. (AP)

With most of the top free agents picked through, one of the big names remaining is running back Arian Foster. But whether he is a viable fit for the Seahawks is debatable.

Seattle’s backfield remains somewhat in limbo with only three tailbacks on the roster: Thomas Rawls, who is coming off a significant ankle injury; Christine Michael, who was re-signed to a near-minimum deal earlier this month; and CFL product Cameron Marshall.

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ESPN’s John Clayton has said Foster could be a fit in Seattle’s backfield, but that there is limited cap room to make that happen considering the Seahawks still need to sign their draft picks, a backup quarterback and possibly a fullback; Tarvaris Jackson, Derrick Coleman and Will Tukuafu remain unsigned.

While Foster reportedly visited Miami on Tuesday, Clayton said the former Texan is “not ready yet” as he comes back from a torn Achilles and may take a while to find a new home.

Brock Huard said he was turned off by an ESPN the Magazine article about Foster last year in which Huard said it didn’t appear as though football was life for the four-time Pro Bowler. Huard said Foster could make sense on an inexpensive, one-year “prove it” deal, but he isn’t convinced Foster is the kind of power, all-in running back Seattle coaches crave.

“The single greatest attribute that they look at out of a college or free-agent running back: How hard does he run,” Huard said. “They want the most aggressive runner, and I don’t know if this stage of the game if that’s Arian Foster. And if it gets to a dollar amount, anything more than $2 million – no deal.”

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