9:27am: It’s a two-year deal for Foster and Washington, per ESPN’s John Keim.
8:36am: Linebacker Mason Foster has agreed to return to Washington, a source tells Mike Jones of The Washington Post (on Twitter). Washington had a pair of free agent inside linebackers this offseason between Foster and Keenan Robinson, so the team wanted to retain at least one of those two players. Foster performed better than Robinson in 2015, but he’s not likely to get a starting job in 2016.
Foster, 27, played mainly in a reserve role last season, appearing in 13 games. In total, he racked up 34 tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Even though he was not a starter, Washington felt that it was important to retain him this week.
The linebacker appeared in 10 games for the Buccaneers in 2014 and started all of them. In that time, he recorded 62 total tackles and three pass deflections. The former third-round pick also impressed with 105 tackles in 2012, and 92 tackles – to go along with three interceptions and two sacks – in 2013. However, after signing with the Bears in March 2015, he failed to earn a spot on Chicago’s regular season roster, leading him to a September deal with Washington.
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