Texans Running Back Foster Given Five-Year Contract Ahead of Free Agency

Arian Foster, who led the National Football League in rushing in 2010, agreed on a five-year contract with the Houston Texans, according to his agent.

The 25-year-old Pro Bowl running back will remain in Houston, where he has spent his three-year career, agent Mike McCartney said today on his Twitter page. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

Texans spokesman Kevin Cooper said in an e-mail that the team had nothing to announce.

Foster signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and, after being cut and re-signed, played six games in his rookie season. In 2010, he ran for a league-high 1,616 yards and 16 touchdowns, making the Pro Bowl for the first time.

In 13 games last season, Foster rushed for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns, helping the Texans to the franchise’s first playoff victory, 31-10 over the Cincinnati Bengals. He also caught 53 passes for two touchdowns and was chosen for his second Pro Bowl.

Foster was set to become a free agent on March 13. The deadline for NFL teams to use their franchise tag on pending free agents is today at 4 p.m. New York time.

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