The 29-year-old played in only four games this season after undergoing groin surgery and then sustaining a torn Achilles. He is owed a non-guaranteed $6.5 million next season, resulting in a $8.925 million hit to the Texans’ salary cap.
The Texans could attempt to restructure Foster’s contract, but may decide to simply part ways with their former star.
The major issue is whether Foster, who has a history of soft tissue injuries, can stay healthy enough to be effective on the field.
“Well, we’ll have to see how healthy he is,” Texans owner Bob McNair said. “But until we know that, there’s really not much you can think about.”
Second-year running back Alfred Blue played well enough this season to help Houston make the playoffs, carrying the ball 183 times for 698 yards and two touchdowns.