The Miami Dolphins made a significant addition to the run game on Monday, signing veteran tailback Arian Foster to a one-year deal, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Foster worked out for the Dolphins on Monday and received an offer the same day.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 18, 2016
The Dolphins clearly don’t feel secure with their current backfield situation after Lamar Miller left for Houston during free agency. The running back depth chart currently includes Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead and rookie Kenyan Drake. Ajayi and Williams combined to rush for 65 carries and 246 yards last season. Ajayi had one rushing touchdown and Williams also caught 21 passes out of the backfield.
Foster, 29, is coming off of a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained last October. Foster only played in four games last season and entered the 2015 season coming off of a knee injury. He hasn’t played an entire season since 2012, but is one of the league’s most dynamic rushers when healthy. He has accumulated 1,474 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns during his seven-year career.
Of course, Miami will need to do a better job of giving whoever is taking handoffs more room to run.