Foster signs 5-year deal to stay in Houston

By Chris Duncan

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, March 6 2012 12:45 p.m. MST

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2011 file photo, Arian Foster of the Houston Texans NFL football team is shown. The agent for Foster says the running back has agreed to a five-year deal with the Texans. Foster's agent Mike McCartney said Monday, March 5, 2012 a deal was done, but financial terms were not immediately available.

File, Associated Press

HOUSTON — Texans running back Arian Foster has signed a five-year, $43.5 million deal to stay in Houston.

An undrafted free agent in 2009, Foster made $525,000 last season. He was the NFL's leading rusher in 2010 with 1,616 yards. He then ran for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He was due to become a restricted free agent next week, but his agent, Mike McCartney, said Monday that Foster was eager to work out a deal with the Texans.

He'll make $18 million in base salary next season, plus incentives.

Since becoming a full-time starter in 2010, Foster has led the NFL in rushing yards per game (97.9), rushing touchdowns (26) and yards from scrimmage (4,061). He also leads all running backs in yards receiving per game (42.1).

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