Redskins Claim LB Reuben Foster

Reuben Foster will be headed to the Redskins, Adam Schefter of tweets. The recently arrested linebacker made it to the middle of the waiver claim order before Washington swooped in.

Washington sits at 6-5, meaning at least 17 teams passed on adding the former 49ers linebacker. San Francisco waived its 2017 first-round pick after he was arrested for the third time this year. Washington was the only team to place a claim on Foster, Tom Pelissero of tweets.

This move is obviously controversial, given Foster’s arrest over the weekend. But the second-year ‘backer avoided trouble from his first two arrests — for marijuana possession (and a weapons charge) and alleged domestic violence — earlier this year. The repeat trouble Foster’s encountered, though, gave plenty of teams pause.

The initial domestic violence charge led to the alleged victim admitting to false allegations. The same woman, Elissa Ennis, was the alleged victim in Tampa, Fla., over the weekend, complicating matters for Foster, who faces legal action in Florida and another NFL ban.

The NFL suspended Foster for two games, despite the Alabama alum being cleared twice this offseason, and the league could intervene here. But for now, Foster is eligible to play in the Redskins’ Monday game against the Eagles. That would be an interesting look for the NFL, which has experienced trouble on the domestic violence front in recent years.

A Tampa Police statement indicated the 24-year-old Foster and Ennis have been involved in and on-and-off relationship for the past three years and that “Foster slapped [Ennis’] phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area, and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face. Officers observed a one-inch scratch on the victim’s left collarbone.”

Washington VP of player personnel Doug Williams addressed the Foster claim. The team does not plan on playing Foster until the legal process plays out.

The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations against Reuben. If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone,” Williams said. “Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps, including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team, before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Bergundy and Gold as a player. 

“That being said, we decided to investigate the situation with Reuben further by claiming his rights and after candid conversations with a number of his ex-Alabama teammates and current Redskins players who were overwhelmingly supportive of us taking this chance.”

Alabama products Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Ryan Anderson and Shaun Dion Hamilton are four of six former Foster-era Crimson Tide performers on the Redskins.

Dealing with a hamstring injury, Foster has not played since October. He suited up for six 49ers games this year, making 29 tackles. As a rookie, he was one of the NFL’s best linebackers but only dropped to No. 31 in the ’17 draft because of a polarizing off-field reputation.

Foster’s talent made the proposition he’d have another opportunity likely, but it happening so soon was a slight surprise. He has two years remaining on his rookie contract, with $257K remaining this season. A fifth-year option exists, meaning Foster could be under team control on this deal through 2021.

He’s also changed representation, with CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reporting (via Twitter) he’s now expected to sign with agent Charlie Fields.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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24 comments on “Redskins Claim LB Reuben Foster

  1. nats3256

    If he doesnt play QB or OL, I dont think it will make much of a difference. Although he should have 3 more years on the rookie contract I guess.

  2. Thronson5

    Ridiculous of the Redskins to claim him or for any team really and ridiculous for the league to allow him to be eligible to even play. This guy disgusts me with how he can’t stay out of trouble but keeps getting chance after chance to mess up again

  3. Blackhawk770

    Kaepernick can’t get an opportunity and this sick sob does. Wonderful times.

    • Rondon

      This league is unbelievable. The Redskins will continue back pedaling until they actually realize what a clueless move this was.

    • fathead

      because Kaepernick is terrible

      Eric Reid has a job and he kneeled right next to Kaep

      • brucewayne

        and he’s kneeling to protest the Redskins moniker. Since it’s such an injustice to Native Americans and all that ! Cause he’s a huge social justice warrior and all! YEA RIGHT!

  4. Z-A

    So, she lied the 1st time, and you all are thinking she didnt lie a 2nd time? She even said she was out to ruin his career the first time.

    • ChiTownFanTilDeath

      The $$$ from the first time has run out AND/OR his life is catching up with him. Showed anger issues when he had to waste his diluted sample at the combine sitting around.
      Wise of the 49ers to finally dump him. Complete F’up by Skins to grab him.
      Guess Dallas is outta luck.

    • Polish Hammer

      So even if she did lie this moron never learned his lesson from the first incident. Either he beats women or he gets down with dirtbags that claim he beats them and isn’t smart enough to distance himself. A bad character and/or bad judge of character is enough reason for pause.

  5. nats3256

    I must be the only person would take a team of serial killers that are flown in from death row each week if it meant seeing a super bowl in DC.

    • Kenleyfornia74

      Lol not that extreme. But Ruben Foster sure. Its obvious the girl is nuts. I really wished my Rams could have had the chance to claim him. He would have fit in well on defense.

  6. leprechaun

    All the talent this kid has he still isn’t worth the embarrassment till these allegations get sorted out.

    • Z-A

      It’s a no-lose situation for them. They retain his rights, if it works out they get a young LB with above average talent.

  7. Binks

    The nfl doesn’t care if you piss pound your gf or knock her out in an elevator. Goodell had seen that tape & rice got two games. It wasn’t until the public saw it. It’s all about results. And baby Alvin Mack can ball on Sunday’s. Y’all cheer the violence on sundays then feign outrage when they’re violent off the field. C’mon man.

    • Al_Vengenace

      But females don’t play in the NFL and they aren’t wearing body armor when these attacks take place.

  8. crosseyedlemon

    This can only work for the Redskins if Elissa gets a spot on the cheerleading team.

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