Today we continue Looking back at the 2016 off-season for the Miami Dolphins and the 20 moves that could impact not only the 2016 season but beyond.
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Number 7: Arian Foster returns to Miami
In 2015 Arian Foster lined up for the Houston Texans inside the Dolphins 20 yard line. The game was a blowout in Miami’s favor and the next blowout came to Fosters’ Achille’s tendon.
Untouched Foster turned up field and laid out flat ending his 2015 season and inevitably his time with the Texans.
Foster visited with the Dolphins early in free agency but his healing process had yet to come near 100%. The Dolphins did not offer him a contract and Foster continued his rehab on his own. The two sides didn’t stay too far apart or out of earshot.
With training camp only days away from starting and questions still remaining at the position, Miami made another call to the former Pro-Bowler who was only one full season removed from the trip to Hawaii.
The two sides came together on a new contract that was more incentive base and team friendly but it brought the former star running back onto the field. After a short couple of days on the PuP list, Foster joined the players on the field and immediately began to challenge Jay Ajayi for the starting role.
Thus far through camp (at the time of this writing which is in week 2 of camp) Foster has looked good and it appears that he will give the Dolphins not only a veteran on the unit, depth at the position, but also a viable pass catching running back for Adam Gase and Ryan Tannehill.
The only question is can Foster finally stay healthy long enough to make a positive impact.