Found March 05, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:

The Detroit Lions used the franchise tag on Cliff Avril taking one of the best DE off the free agent market.

The Houston Texans signed Arian Foster to a five year deal, which may have shut the door on their chances of keeping DE Mario Williams. Houston reportedly won’t have the cap space to use the franchise tag on Williams, which would be around $22 million. The Texans have other free agents to worry about as well, and may find themselves on the outside of the Williams sweepstakes.

This is obviously good news for those Browns fans wanting the team to make a splash in free agency and find a dominating pass rusher to line up opposite Jabaal Sheard. While most fans would point to the offense as the biggest problem area for the Browns (and rightfully so) it would be hard to fault the team for taking a chance on an elite pass rusher. These players don’t hit the market in their prime very often.

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Lions, Avril approach 4 p.m. franchise tag deadline

ALLEN PARK, Mich. The Lions and defensive end Cliff Avril were working under a negotiating deadline to reach an agreement on a contract Monday and avoid putting the franchise tag on Avril. The deadline for applying the tag is 4 p.m. Monday. Avril had his best year in four seasons with the Lions in 2011. He led the team with 11 sacks, a career high, and had six forced fumbles,...

Texans, Foster agree to deal

Arian Foster, who led the NFL in rushing two years ago and finished 5th last season, agreed to a new, five year contract with the TexansMonday morning. Sources with knowledge of the talks confirmed the agreement this morning. Foster was scheduled to become a restricted free agent next week. Details of the deal are unknown that this time but the Texans made it clear throughout the...

Arian Foster agrees to 5-year extension

The agent for the Houston Texans running back announced that his client has signed a five-year contract extension with the team.

Arian Agrees to a New Deal

  Early Monday morning the Houston Texans and restricted free agent Arian Foster agreed on a new 5-year deal worth $43.5 million dollars with $20.75 of that guaranteed. The first three years of the deal is worth $30 million according the NFL Networks Jason LaCanfora. Arian Foster’s agent Mike McCartney tweeted this early Monday morning “Congrats to @ArianFoster for agreeing...

Detroit Lions Franchise DE Cliff Avril

DETROIT, March 5- The Lions have applied the franchise tag to DE Cliff Avril, according to their website. The term of the tag is “non-exclusive.” Please click the link to read more about Avril's status, his contribution to the Lions' defensive line and to watch 2011 footage of him dominating the Denver Broncos' offensive line.

Foster Gets 5-year Deal

The Houston Texans and Running Back Arian Foster agreed on a five-year, $43.5 million contract, that includes $20.75 million in guarantees. The 25 year-old RB will make $18 million in 2012 but in the remaining four years of the deal, Foster will get $8.7 million annually. Fantasy Spin: Fosters story is quite remarkable, he went from being an un-drafted Free Agent to one of the most...

Arian Foster’s Agent Tweets News of Extension

According to a tweet from Arian Foster’s agent, Mike McCartney, the All-Pro running and social media sports star has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Houston Texans. “Congrats to @ArianFoster for agreeing to a 5 year contract with the @HoustonTexans! Arian has showed tremendous class the last couple years,” McCartney tweeted on Monday....Read the Rest...

Texans sign Arian Foster to five-year deal

The Houston Texans locked up Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster to a five-year contract, according to his agent, Mike McCartney. The deal is worth $43.5 million and includes nearly $21 million in guaranteed money, per a league source. It includes a $12.5 million signing bonus and a $30 million payout over the first three years.

Houston Texans Reach Deal with RB Arian Foster

The Houston Texans have reached a deal with running back Arian Foster, according to multiple sources. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Texans have signed Foster to a five year contract, although the terms have yet to be released. Foster probably would have designated with the team’s franchise tag today had they not come to an agreement, as the deadline for...

Texans lock up Arian Foster with five-year deal

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Houston Texans have signed running back Arian Foster to a five-year extension. Foster will make a total of $43.5 million over five years, with $20.75 guaranteed, $40 million in the first three years of the contract and $18 million in 2012. Foster tore apart the NFL in 2010 and quickly became one of the NFL premiere running backs.  He had...

Lions place the franchise tag on Cliff Avril

According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Detroit Lions have placed the franchise tag on defensive end Cliff Avril. Avril was hoping to avoid being tagged, but there was no way the Lions would let him hit the open market as a free agent. The Lions will now have until July 15th to get a new deal done, or else Avril will be forced to play the 2012 season until the franchise tag.

A Closer Look at Arian Foster’s New Deal With the Texans

It was widely reported this morning that the Houston Texans and two-twim pro bowl running back Arian Foster has agreed to terms on a new contract to keep him in town for five years. The terms of the deal have now been released and Foster is slated to earn $43.5 million, with $20.75 million guaranteed, $18 million this year and $30 million over the first three years...

It’s NFL Tagging Time

Ever since it’s inception in 2007, the franchise tag has been applied to some of the best players in the NFL. It’s an easy way for teams to keep their stars for at least one more year, without having to sign them to a long-term deal. Teams and players are then able to take the franchise tag year to work out a longer deal if possible. Some players don’t take too kindly to the...

Division Roundup: AFC South – March 5th, 2012

Houston Texans The Texans made waves this morning by announcing that two-time pro bowl running back Arian Foster had agreed to terms on a new five year contract. Many expected him to be franchise tagged as the team struggles with being up against the cap and trying to bring back a plethora of free agents that include Mario Williams, Chris Myers and Mike Brisiel among...
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