Running backs are replaceable, they say. If you are (a) alive and (b) near another human, there is a 10 percent chance someone is saying that to you at this very moment.
It is a thing people love to say. Just plug in another running back. How hard can it be? Can you find a young man between 5-foot-7 and 6-2 who weighs between 190 and 250 pounds and can run reasonably fast? Well, congratulations. You've found a running back. They're all the same, basically. If the one you've got crapped out on you, just discard him and remove the protective packaging from your new running back, sprinkle some Gatorade on him to loosen him up and send him out there. That's not just good football, that's thrifty football.
Or so they say.
That sentiment is floating around in Houston this week. The Houston Texans re-signed 25-year-old running back Arian Foster to a five-year, 43.5 million contract. He will make 34 times as much money in 2012 (18 million) as he did in 2011 (525,000), when he accounte...