Arian Foster believes the Houston Texans should do whatever it takes to keep Deshaun Watson happy, even if it means giving him increase organizational input.
Foster joined Sports Radio 610’s Edward Gilliard on the “Gems & Juice Podcast” to talk about the tension between the Texans and their three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
“If I’m the organization, I bend to his will,” Foster said. “There’s no way you don’t. He’s a generational quarterback. You never had a quarterback like him. You’re not going to have a quarterback like him in the next who knows how many decades. You bend to his will. What do you need to keep you here? What would keep you here? What do you want? What do you need?”
The former All-Pro running back, who spent 2009-15 with the Texans, wasn’t throwing unprecedented ideas around. According to Foster, the Indianapolis Colts allowed quarterback Peyton Manning to have similar type of influence.
“I remember when Peyton Manning was with the Colts,” said Foster. “He was in the draft room. He had that much pull because that was his squad. You’re not going without Peyton. And, so, if you have that kind of generational talent, get him involved. What do you think this team needs?”
The 2010 NFL rushing champion opined that one of the problems with the NFL is ownership and front office personnel “have so much egos.”
Foster also took issue with the trade scenarios floating about, pointing out that no draft compensation could be high enough to account for losing a franchise cornerstone, especially at the most significant position in the sport.
Said Foster: “I heard recently he’s worth three first-rounders. Like, dog, you can have five first-round picks and you’re not going to get a talented quarterback like that. You can have a first-round pick every year for the next 10 years and you’re not going to get a talented quarterback like that. Maybe, but you already have one. So, why not invest in this one? It don’t make no sense.”
— Edward Gilliard (@TheFiggyFig) January 24, 2021
The Texans will have to figure out a way to smooth things over with Watson quickly. A recent ESPN report indicated the former 2017 first-round pick would seek an exit from the club no matter who they hired as coach.