Texans, Foster agree on new deal

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HOUSTON — Arian Foster got what he wanted from the Houston Texans, agreeing to a new five-year contract.

Houston running back Arian Foster had 1,224 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns last season.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Houston running back Arian Foster had 1,224 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

Foster’s agent Mike McCartney said Monday that a deal was done, though Foster had not yet signed it.

Foster was an undrafted free agent in 2009, and made $525,000 last season. He was the NFL’s leading rusher in 2010 with 1,616 yards and ran for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He was due to become a restricted free agent next week, but McCartney said Foster was eager to work out a deal with the Texans.

His new deal is worth up to $43.5 million, with $20.75 million guaranteed. He’ll make $18 million in base salary next season, plus incentives.

PATRIOTS: New England placed the franchise tag on receiver Wes Welker.

The move means Welker would be paid about $9.5 million for next season unless the sides work out a long-term deal.

COURTS: The attorney for free agent linebacker Leroy Hill says charges of marijuana possession in Atlanta have been dropped.

Hill and a woman were arrested Feb. 25 at his condominium in Atlanta. Police with scent dogs were responding to calls of a marijuana smell.

Officers said they confirmed the smell, obtained a search warrant and found partially smoked blunts and marijuana residue inside Hill’s residence.

CHIEFS: Kansas City made Dwayne Bowe its franchise player, keeping the impact wide receiver off the free-agent market this off-season.

COWBOYS: Dallas placed its franchise tag on outside linebacker Anthony Spencer.

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