Washington claims Reuben Foster on waivers

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Linebacker Reuben Foster has a new team, and a playoff contender has a guy who was among the 32 first-round picks in 2017.

Per multiple reports, Washington claimed Foster on waivers.

The move clears the 49ers of any remaining financial obligation to Foster. His prior suspension, however, likely wiped out the remaining guarantees under his rookie contract. That voiding of the guarantees also will apply to Washington.

But the real question isn’t the money but his availability. With a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence pending, the league office could place Foster on the Commissioner Exempt list, making him unavailable until his legal situation is resolved (but forcing Washington to pay him, if they don’t cut him). Thereafter, an unpaid suspension could be imposed.

It’s still a low-risk move for Washington, giving them dibs on a quality player who may finally wake up after being cut by the team that drafted him. Of course, the fact that Foster has been accused of domestic violence on multiple occasions could create a P.R. problem for Washington. But it’s clear that the team is choosing winning on the field over standing on principle — primarily since teams only stand on principle when the player isn’t good enough to help them win.

96 responses to “Washington claims Reuben Foster on waivers

  1. I get why the Skins took a chance. I’m glad the Colts didn’t. If the Redskins fanbase gave a rip about the team they’d be up in arms over bringing in a guy who’s been accused of domestic abuse on multiple occasions.

  2. Not a good move. They can’t rely on Foster. A suspension is coming, and I would bet there will be others in the future as well. Some people can’t shape up even after a dozen “second” chances.

  3. Are we really surprised that a team with a nickname “Redskins” would cross another line and add a woman-beater to their roster and see nothing wrong with it?

  4. Bringing in a wife-beater isn’t nearly as difficult to deal with as insulting an entire group of people is. They’ll brush off the criticism of the move like so many rain drops.

  5. Until the allegations are cleared or proven he should not be playing for anyone. I thought the NFL had rules for these situations!

  6. This is the Nation’s Capital where power and sex meld together into really fabulous scandal (along with polyamory for single folk and philandering for married). Remember — Deborah Jean Palfrey’s client list numbered over 10,000 DC docs, lawyers, and senior gov officials.

  7. Tom D says:
    November 27, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Didn’t anyone learn anything from the Ray Rice fiasco?

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    Apparently they learned if there isn’t a video of it… That a second or third chance is acceptable to the NFL powers that be.

  8. I can understand why the Skins got him, they need all the help they can get and when you’re desperate you’re willing to look the other way. Unfortunately, Ruben doesn’t play offensive line or QB.

  9. What. As a die-hard Redskins fan since birth, but now living in Carolina,I just switched teams. I have never been so embarrassed in my life. Let’s go Cam!

  10. Can fans of other teams stop talking about bad PR when it comes to any team from the NFC East? It doesn’t matter, they can all have the worst PR disasters and they would still carry the league with their welfare revenue sharing. I guarantee the Redskins claiming Foster will be a bigger story and get more talk than your team winning the Super Bowl.

  11. These pieces of trash never learn because they always get chance after chance. I just can’t wait for him to pay off this one like the last and then Skins fans say she made it all up and he is a quality citizen.

  12. When you think about it, from his failed drug test at the combine, the incident in the hospital, the weed charge, the gun charge, and now two instances of DV since he’s been in the league for less than 2 years. There is no way this guy didn’t run rampant while at Alabama, and Saban just had this hushed up. Under the guise of student-athlete.

  13. primarily since teams only stand on principle when the player isn’t good enough to help them win.
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    This ^^^^^

  14. One team’s trash is another team’s treasure. Lets see how many fans this move brings into the stadium. Public relations nightmare…I think that anyone accused of domestic violence should not be allowed to play in the league until or if the case is resolved in his favor. Just my female opinion…

  15. AutonomousThinker7 says:
    November 27, 2018 at 5:19 pm
    What message does this send? So you can repeatedly fight women and have an NFL job, but don’t you dare fight for equality for all?? Yeah good job NFL.
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    ‘Fight for equality for all”?
    Between the constitution, the civil rights act of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965, up thorough title IX in 1972, everyone IS equal under the law. We cannot legislate personal feelings, like NYT reporter Sarah Jeong’s racist social media posts against white people.
    The fight is over, we don’t need to fight settled fights like the Spanish American War, women’s suffrage, or the end of slavery. Progressive rhetoric is stupid, transparent, and uses thought slaves to garner power. It’s sad that people still don’t know this, disgusting, but also sad.

  16. Let’s not be so quick to assume he is guilty until all the evidence is out. This is the same girl who said she made up the last accusations to extort money and ruin his career. She was also put in jail in 2011 for falsely claiming domestic violence against another boyfriend. Not saying she is lying this time but she has cried wolf several times before.

  17. Outrageous!

    Before the start of this season I divorced this team because it acquired the worthless Alice Smith. And then they added the child abuser, Adrianna Peederson. And now they added a two time domestic violence abuser?

    I hope this team rots in Hades.

    I predicted Alice would not survive the season. His drumstick snapped.

    I also predicted this team would not make the playoffs and would finish its last seven games with a 2-5 record to finish 8-8. It is well on its way to making me a member of the Psychic Friends Network.

    I wish this team nothing but contempt. You jerks. Having endured your losing ways during many of my 47 years as a fan, I cannot spread enough contempt for you now that you add worthless pieces of human debris to your team.

    Suck eggs.

  18. Foster is “accused” by the same woman who says she lied on him before, maybe all you saints should think about that before commenting.

  19. Not a cool move by the Redskins. If a man rages against a woman it’s a full stop for me. You become unemployable.

    Seriously, any man can ALWAYS ALWYAS ALWAYS just walk away from an escalating situation. You can even RUN away if she continues to engage. You CANNOT ever become violent towards a woman. Just walk away. It works. Leverage it.

  20. onodontbescurred says:
    November 27, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Let’s not be so quick to assume he is guilty until all the evidence is out. This is the same girl who said she made up the last accusations to extort money and ruin his career. She was also put in jail in 2011 for falsely claiming domestic violence against another boyfriend. Not saying she is lying this time but she has cried wolf several times before.

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    Innocent until proven guilty, agreed. But the problem with that is him knowing her history. Why would Foster put himself in the same zip code (much less a hotel room) as her without a constant visual and voice recording device to protect his freedom and job? He certainly has the money to protect himself in this way.

  21. But even after having NO backup other than Colt McCoy when Alex Smith went down 2 weeks ago; they still don’t even have another QB on the practice squad! Yes! Personnel decisions should be questioned and doubted with this front office!

  22. What a joke. There will be no end to these 2nd (3rd.. 4th etc) chances until teams band together. If a player is a repeat offender, or does something bad enough initially, all teams should be in agreement not to pick them up. DonE in the league. Until they do that, players will keep causing these same problems. Why change when your team will cut you, have to pay your salary, and another team may pick you up where you can double dip. Imagine that in the regular work force. Introduce these guys to the real world!!

  23. Only risk is the initial PR risk, skins are essentially done this year with Colt under center, Foster is done this year (and quite possible beyond that)……..BUT if he come out on the other side maybe the skins get a starting LB for next year

  24. Um? Sanchize!

    12 Colt McCoy QB 32 6′ 1″ 210 lbs 9 Texas
    6 Mark Sanchez QB 32 6′ 2″ 232 lbs 10 USC
    11 Alex Smith QB 34 6′ 4″ 213 lbs 14 Utah

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    sbc2556 says:
    November 27, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    But even after having NO backup other than Colt McCoy when Alex Smith went down 2 weeks ago; they still don’t even have another QB on the practice squad! Yes! Personnel decisions should be questioned and doubted with this front office!

  25. notlistinin says:
    November 27, 2018 at 5:57 pm
    AutonomousThinker7 says:
    November 27, 2018 at 5:19 pm
    What message does this send? So you can repeatedly fight women and have an NFL job, but don’t you dare fight for equality for all?? Yeah good job NFL.
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    ‘Fight for equality for all”?
    Between the constitution, the civil rights act of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965, up thorough title IX in 1972, everyone IS equal under the law. We cannot legislate personal feelings, like NYT reporter Sarah Jeong’s racist social media posts against white people.
    The fight is over, we don’t need to fight settled fights like the Spanish American War, women’s suffrage, or the end of slavery
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    Your ability to reference historic moments in this country suggests you are at least fairly informed…on some level. But I’m appalled at people like you. YOU BELEIVE THE FIGHT IS OVER?? I’m sure contributing to your baseless rhetoric is the fact that you are likely a part of a demographic that has NEVER had to deal with social injustice issues. You live in this imaginary bubble with others that support the notion that these issues don’t exist…..quite frankly because they’ve never happened to you. But I’m not surprised. This presidency has enabled people Like you to live by excuses and attempt to justify everything. I’m sure you’ve made several excuses for the current president as well. It’s just the way it is and certainly everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But people like you just don’t get it

  26. I’m surprised. just saw on another site that the reason the Skins think they have a chance with him is that they have 4 other Alabama players there.

  27. For the kids who need the instruction:

    Hitting women makes you a scumbag

    Wearing pig socks ALSO makes you a scumbag

    That’s 2 awful people who should not be playing in the NFL.

  28. Leads to a interesting issues.. CP hasnt had anybody pick him up.. but a person, who even if cleared of these charges, seems to have all downsides, is picked up.. maybe CP isnt good enough.. I know MF will disagree, but teams care about money, it is a business.. if CP could help a team win, kneeling wouldnt matter.. along with the collusion case, maybe the commentary needs to step back and realize he isnt good enough to help a team.. IE its a business not UNICEF..

  29. The sad truth is, if every team released players who have been arrested, they wouldn’t have enough players to play all the games.

  30. terripet says:
    November 27, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    Cheaters must be pissed

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    Indy made no attempt to claim him so I think they are fine with it.

  31. AutonomousThinker7 says:
    November 27, 2018 at 5:19 pm
    What message does this send? So you can repeatedly fight women and have an NFL job, but don’t you dare fight for equality for all?? Yeah good job NFL

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    It has nothing to do with that. Its all about who can deliver on the field to help the team and Washington thinks this guy can. In my own opinion they made a mistake here. This guy is not going to be available to use that ability for some time so he has no more football use than Karpernick. I also think he has shown he can do the dumb thing to take himself out if the picture at any moment so even if they do get him rostered they will be living practically week to week for him to stay that way.

  32. Doug Williams explanation for signing him was about as weak as Grambling University’s financial situation. Because 4 current Washington members, who were college teammates of his vouched for him makes it ok! How many spoke on behalf of Greg Hardy, Aldon Smith?

  33. derp363 says:
    November 27, 2018 at 6:52 pm
    you know, most of you condemned this guy the first time. then it all turned out to be a lie. maybe wait this time to condemn him?
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    Being around her again is still stupid enough that you know this is a guy without the brains to avaid drama.

  34. As a niners fan, it sure sucks that we lost on a bet that this kid would focus on football and be good off the field. Niners gave him a chance, but this time whether he’s falsely accused again or not; they cut him because of his inability to make smart choices in life. To put yourself back in the same situation that almost landed you in prison, with the same woman – you clearly have no clue on how to stay out of trouble. Is it that difficult for a promising young millionaire to find a better person to be with? Crazy loves crazy here and it’s likely a matter of time before he’s in the news for the wrong reasons. Hope he can figure it out, but to date he’s shown to make poor life choices. Unfortunately, another team picking him up right away will likely enable that behavior once again.

    For all the talk of collusion, the nfl should take a hard stance on allowing players like this back in the game. If you’re released for these types of reasons, no one should be allowed to pick you up. What happened to protecting the shield?

  35. I’ve never heard a fan say “Sure, we went 2-14 but our team was very ethical and law abiding.” If owners coddle criminals because they can play, that is ultimately our fault as consumers of their product.

  36. What’s really sad is that someone of Foster’s character continues to get chances, in this league.
    If it were many of us, working in our professions, and we stepped all over it multiple times, we would not get those chances.
    So much for a code of conduct.

  37. Congrats Washington – You have sunk as low as the Dallas Cowboys. I guess this is what desperation looks like.

  38. Football Is Family

    There are 2 sides to every story. He needs to stay away from her, she needs to stay away from him.

    Like Kavanaugh, innocent until proven guilty.

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