Like several other free agents this spring, DeShaun Foster came and left Orchard Park, N.Y. without a contract.
It's been eight days since Foster visited the team, but that doesn't mean the Bills are no longer interested, Foster's agent said Friday.
"He had a really good trip," said Joby Branion, Foster's agent. "I got the sense that his trip was very positive and things could definitely open back up."
Branion also said there are "a couple other teams" interested in Foster.
Last season, the 6-0, 222-pound back rushed for 234 yards on 76 carries (3.1 avg.) with one touchdown for San Francisco. Stuck behind Frank Gore, Foster only received 21 carries in his first 12 games. Before this, he strung together three straight 800-yard seasons in Carolina but became expendable as DeAngelo Williams emerged.
Foster, 29, hasn't built upon the potential he flashed early in his career, but would figure to compete with Xavier Omon for the No. 3 spot in Buffalo's backfield.
The Bills have aggressively sought to sign a running back since Marshawn Lynch was arrested in California on gun charges – presumably bracing for a suspension. Buffalo brought Fred Taylor in for a visit, but lost out on him to New England. Taylor signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Patriots.
After missing out on the former Jaguar, Buffalo entertained Foster and Kevin Jones on visits. Jones re-signed with the Chicago Bears for $3.5 million over two years. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears matched two offers by Buffalo to retain Jones.
It's reasonable to think the Bills would sign Foster at a similar price. The running back market has thinned considerably since free agency began, which may make Foster the de facto No. 1 option out there. Outside of Foster, aging backs Warrick Dunn, Deuce McAllister and Ahman Green top the list.
Branion understands why negotiations have been quiet the past week. One sonic-boom signing kind of redirected Russ Brandon's attention.
"There haven't been any substantial discussions," said Branion. "They've been pretty preoccupied with Terrell Owens….But (Foster) had a good trip in Buffalo."
Also remember, Buffalo has tendered exclusive rights free agent Fred Jackson to a one-year, $460,000 deal. Jackson has expressed his interest to sign a long-term contract with the Bills, but the Bills haven't opened up talks yet. Jackson has taken full advantage of his opportunities behind Lynch the past two seasons with 871 yards on 188 carries.
If the Bills do not extend Jackson's deal, he will be a restricted free agent next year.
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