The Washington Redskins claimed inside linebacker Rueben Foster off waivers today. Foster was released by the San Francisco 49ers following a recent arrest.
Foster was arrested less than three days ago for a domestic violence charge. This was the second time that Foster was charged with domestic violence. However, following the incident on February 11, Foster’s girlfriend Elissa Ennis said that the claims were made because Foster wanted to end the relationship.
Foster is an extremely talented linebacker after posting an impressive career in college at Alabama. Foster saw playing time increase between his sophomore and senior season on the field and managed an impressive stat line of 211 total tackles, 23 tackles for loss, seven sacks and nine pass deflection.
Due to his success on the field, Foster was ranked as the second best overall linebacker on the draft boards in 2017. However, he was drafted with the No. 31 pick behind Hasson Reddick and Jarrad Davis.
Foster shortly won over the starting outside linebacker position after the 49ers lost Malcom Smith, who suffered a torn pectoral during training camp.
Shortly after that was when Foster started falling downhill. Foster was suspended for the first two games of the 2018 NFL season after violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan released a statement following the teams decision on releasing Foster by stating the recent arrest and all other issues made him “very hard to trust.”
Regardless of all issues Foster has off field, the Washington Redskins ultimately decided on claiming him off waivers on Tuesday afternoon.
While Foster has been picked up by an NFL team, the league ultimately decided on placing Foster on the Commissioner Exempt List while they review the matter of his arrest. While being on the list, Foster will be unable to practice or attend games until the matter is resolved.
The Redskins saw this move as a low risk because the $1.88M in guaranteed money was voided after Foster was suspended earlier this season. Which means that the Redskins will have to pay Foster $257K in 2018, $1.2M in 2019 and $1.6M in 2020 with an option available for 2021.
A statement was issued from Washington Redskins senior vice president of player personnel, Doug Williams, regarding the teams decision about claiming Foster.
Per the Washington Post, Williams mentioned, “Nothing is promised to Reuben, but we are hopeful being around so many of his former teammates and friends will eventually provide him with the best possible environment to succeed both personally and professionally.”