The NFL is reportedly considering removing the two-year contract option for a running back who plays more than 300 snaps in a season, according to Yahoo!
The move would make the player eligible for free agency after one year and give the league more flexibility in the short term.
The league would need to approve the move.
Arian Foster, who has started all 12 games for the Houston Texans, has been among the league’s best running backs.
He is currently the league lead rusher with 1,063 yards on 121 carries and has rushed for 1,971 yards.
However, he has only rushed for 500 yards in eight games this season, a season-low.
A year ago, Foster was the runner-up for the NFL rushing title with 1.65 yards per carry.
He finished the season with a career-high 583 rushing yards.
This is a chance to add a bit of speed to the team, which has struggled to stop the run and to keep the run game balanced.
A third running back on the roster is a free agent who has never played in the league, according for ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
If the league moves forward with this move, Foster could be eligible for a team-high five-year deal worth about $35 million per season.
A new running back could add some much-needed speed to an offense that has struggled in recent years.
The Texans drafted Foster in the third round of the 2012 draft and he has been a consistent starter in Houston.
He has rushed at least 40 times in every season since 2010 and has surpassed 1,000 rushing yards seven times.
He had 686 yards on 148 carries in 2015 and his 2,084 yards in 2016 were the most by a Houston player since Jamaal Charles had 1,074 yards on 1,096 carries in 2016.
Foster has never missed a game in his career.
He led the NFL in rushing yards in each of his first four seasons.