With JJ Watt soon finishing up his rookie contract, we'll probably have yet another max contract to pay, so can a team already struggling with depth really pay him? Surely, we'll have to get rid of a max contract, which brings me to the question, are all these players really worth it? One player in particular who stands out to me is Arian Foster.
Don't get me wrong, he is a great player but his 5 year, 43 million dollar contract is a lot of money which could be spent in the secondary or offensive line, etc. Yes, he is one of the best at his position, but how import is the running back position? Though last year, the 49ers and Ravens both had very strong ground games, I took a look back at other recent Superbowls.
I had to go back to Feb 5, 2006 to find a superstar running back- Sean Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks.
` Heck, take a look at this season's playoff teams- the four with superstar running backs or an offense that prefers to run the ball (Seattle, KC, SF, Philadelphia) and the others (Indy, San Diego, Cincinnati, Green Bay, New Orleans, Carolina, Denver, and New England). Especially in the AFC, the depth is more important to the success of these teams than an elite running back.
Now, this doesn't mean I feel we should get rid of Foster. On the contrary, if we can build this team into a contender while keeping him, that's great. I'm just suggesting Watt, Cushing, and Andre Johnson are more important for the team as a whole and if we need to drop a max contract, it should be Foster.