NFL Notebook: Texans cut Foster

Running back Arian Foster's prolific career with the Houston Texans came to an end on Thursday. The Texans released Foster, the franchise's career rushing leader with 6,472 career yards and 54 touchdowns. He has missed 23 games because of injurie...

Running back Arian Foster’s prolific career with the Houston Texans came to an end on Thursday.

The Texans released Foster, the franchise’s career rushing leader with 6,472 career yards and 54 touchdowns. He has missed 23 games because of injuries the past three seasons.

Foster rushed for 163 yards and one touchdown in four games last season.

“There are not many players I respect more than Arian Foster,” Texans executive vice president of football operations and general manager Rick Smith said. “He maximized his opportunity as an undrafted college free agent and worked to become the most productive back in franchise history, and one of the most complete backs in the NFL during his tenure with the Texans.

“Arian has contributed much, and meant a great deal to the success of the franchise over the past seven seasons and we wish him only the best as he continues his playing career.”


-- The latest edition of the long-running “Deflategate” saga played out in federal appeals court and the three judges might take weeks or months to issue a ruling.

The NFL is defending its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for tampering with game-ready footballs and would like the discipline restored. Brady’s side is arguing that a federal judge’s previous decision overturning the suspension should remain in place.

The scene played out in New York as the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard testimony from both sides in a session that lasted one hour and 16 minutes. Neither Brady nor NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were in attendance.

-- With only days remaining to shave $3.56 million from their 2016 salary cap, the Miami Dolphins are scurrying to restructure deals with two of their highest-paid players: defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and outside linebacker Cameron Wake.

Suh counts $28.6 million against the 2016 salary cap but his deal includes a provision that would allow for the Dolphins to tack an extra season onto the deal for cap-balancing purposes. That move serves only to delay the cap issues - similar tactics served the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys in

-- Kirk Cousins signed the one-year, $19.95 million tender offer from the Washington Redskins, who applied the franchise tag to the pending free agent quarterback on Tuesday.

Cousins will have a cap hit greater than those of Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers in 2016 if the two sides fail to come to agreement on a long-term contract by July 15.

Cousins, represented by agent Mike McCartney, is open to a deal to stay in Washington where he overtook Robert Griffin III as the starter in 2015, leading the Redskins to the NFC East title.


Cousins could enter the offseason with the highest base salary in the NFL. Currently, Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has the largest base salary for the 2016 season ($23.485 million).

-- The Baltimore Ravens released linebacker Daryl Smith and decided not to pick up a $2 million contract option for defensive end Chris Canty.

Smith spent the past three years with the Ravens, starting all 48 regular-season games. The 12-year NFL veteran led the team and ranked 10th in the league with 121 tackles in 2015.

The 33-year-old Canty also joined the Ravens in 2013 and had 83 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks, seven passes defensed and three forced fumbles in 35 games the past three years. Last season, he totaled 20 tackles, one sack and one passed defensed in nine games.

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