The Houston Texans had a couple of big fish in free agency -- Mario Williams and Arian Foster. Williams is expected to hit free agency because the franchise tag would cost more than $20 million. However, Foster and the Texans have reached a five-year agreement, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. This is one of those no-brainer moves you knew was coming at some point.
Foster likely would have been tendered at the first-round level had the Texans not signed him. As Foster was a restricted free agent, another team could have stepped in and offered him a contract that, if the Texans chose not to match it, would have cost a first round pick in exchange for the rights to Foster. That won't be happening now.
Foster is one of the great undrafted free agent stories in recent memory. He wasn't picked in the 2009 NFL draft, but in his second year he rushed for more than 1,600 yards. In his last two seasons with the Texans, he has rushed for more than 2,800 yards and 26 touchdowns. He'll be in Houston for a long time.