On To The Next One: Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue
Despite an expired rookie contract that nearly planted him in another state, Alfred Blue managed to re-sign a one-year, $790,000 deal with the Houston Texans during free agency. With that obstacle cleared, other good news bloomed as Blue has chosen to roll with Rosenhaus Sports during his next, and maybe last, season as a Texan.
It’s no debate that Drew Rosenhaus is the sports industry’s version of Ari Emanuel, whose dominance as Hollywood’s top-tier talent agent inspired Entourage‘s Ari Gold. At the moment, a partial peek into Rosenhaus Sports’ portfolio reveals Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (out for 2018 season), Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill and, of course, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski as clients, among others.
Blue’s previous agent, Harold Lewis of National Sports Agency, has been in the business for over three decades and currently represents San Diego Chargers RB Brandon Oliver, Green Bay Packers FB Aaron Ripkowski, Atlanta Falcons S Keanu Neal and a handful more.
Among the running backs in the Houston organization, Alfred Blue is poised for, but not promised, an eventual comeback. For one, D’Onta Foreman, who ranked second on the team in rush attempts behind starter Lamar Miller, injured his Achilles in the final days of the 2017 season. Foreman and others are remaining positive that he’ll get the green light in time for their 2018 regular season opener in Kansas City. Until Foreman recovers, Blue, whose career numbers have dipped since 2014, is a viable backup option to Miller.
During his time in Houston, Blue has shadowed Arian Foster and Lamar Miller, both of whom nearly doubled Blue’s production on a seasonal basis. The only noteworthy season of his was in 2015, when Blue amassed a team-leading 183 rush attempts for 698 yards and two touchdowns. Though Houston’s hospitality towards Blue has been free of setbacks, he did have the chance to leave. Word on the street is that the Pittsburgh Steelers showed interest in him during the 2018 NFL offseason, but that rumor has obviously been debunked. Even if that signing had happened, then Blue would have to still play second fiddle to Le’Veon Bell.
Since his rookie year, Alfred Blue has carried the ball 523 times for 1,908 yards and six touchdowns, along with 319 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver. While he’s not expected to have a breakout year in either real-time play or fantasy sports, Blue will be able to string together a more meaningful career with the backing of Rosenhaus Sports.