The Washington Redskins have reportedly declined the 5th year option for LB Reuben Foster. The former 49ers 1st round pick was picked up off of waivers after San Francisco decided to cut ties with him following another domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend(charges were later dropped). Foster did not play for the Redskins in 2018 while he was on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.
He came into OTAs last May looking to make a good impression on coaches and teammates. Instead he was carted off the field after suffering a serious knee injury that involved nerve damage. There have been reports about the severity of the injury(just regaining feeling in his toes), and optimism, but the fact is he is a huge question mark. The 5th year option for LBs taken picks 11-32 would cost the Redskins $9.23 million. It is guaranteed for injury, and is impossible to place on a player that isn’t...healthy.
The Redskins did however pick up the option of their 2017 first round draft pick Jonathan Allen this week. Foster is still under contract, and will have a lot to prove to a new coaching staff that has made it clear they want to get to know their players, and are establishing a culture in Washington that was missing. Does Foster fit into this new Redskins world?
The Redskins declined the fifth-year option for linebacker Reuben Foster a person with knowledge of the situation said.— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) April 30, 2020
The option would be $$ and guaranteed for injury. Can’t exercise that. If Reuben comes back and plays well the team can try to get an extension done right away.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 30, 2020