Houston Texans Releases RB Arian Foster

Arian Foster

After seven seasons, the Houston Texans released running back Arian Foster.

His release ends a tenure, in which he became the most productive rusher in franchise's history, though he entered the NFL undrafted in 2009.

"There are not many players I respect more than Arian Foster," Texans GM Rick Smith said in a statement. "He maximized his opportunity as an undrafted college free agent and worked to become the most productive back in franchise history, and one of the most complete backs in the NFL during his tenure with the Texans.

"Arian has contributed much, and meant a great deal to the success of the franchise over the past seven seasons and we wish only the best as he continues his playing career."

Foster was due to earn a $6.5 million base salary in the upcoming 2016 season, with a cap of nearly $9 million. By releasing him, the Texans are saving $6.6 million, reports ESPN.

During his stint with Houston, he rushed for 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns, both franchise highs.

Despite his productivity, Foster has been plagued by injuries over the last several years. The last time he played in a full season was 2012. Last season, he missed 12 games due to a groin injury he suffered during training camp, and later, suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Week 7, which resulted in him missing the rest of the season.