With just two years of NFL service under his belt, Foster is set to make $480,000 in base salary -- one of the reasons the Texans wanted to place him under contract before the collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday night.
The Texans also placed a first-round tender on tight end Owen Daniels and quarterback Matt Leinart, according to the Chronicle. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones, defensive end Mark Anderson and guard Mike Brisiel received a second-round tender. The team placed a third-round tender on offensive tackle Rashad Butler.
The Chronicle reported that new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips played a role in which defensive players received tenders, leaving Pollard and Diles out in the cold in the team's 3-4 scheme.
There's a chance that many of these tenders won't be valid once a new CBA is reached. It's part of an NFL offseason full of uncertainty, with the labor deal set to expire and possible lockout to start as soon as Friday.