Washington obviously views Reuben Foster as a 2019 prospect

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Moments before the NFL made it clear that linebacker Reuben Foster won’t be allowed to play until further notice, Washington announced that it won’t allow newly-claimed linebacker Reuben Foster to play until further notice.

Which means that Washington necessarily views the $257,000 it will pay Foster over the balance of the season as payment for the privilege of having him on the team at some point in 2019, and beyond.

This move clearly isn’t about getting help down the stretch, because it’s highly unlikely that both the legal process and the NFL’s investigation will be resolved within the next month or so. Instead, the legal process will move at its own speed, the NFL at the appropriate time will impose discipline, if any, and Foster will be eligible to play at some point in 2019, after Foster serves whatever unpaid suspension is imposed on Foster by the NFL.

Of course, there’s a price to pay beyond the $257,000. Washington already has taken a significant P.R. hit, with the vast majority of fans and media expressing disapproval of the move to claim Foster on waivers, two days after the team that made him a first-round draft pick less than 18 months ago cut him loose after his latest off-field incident, a second domestic violence arrest in the same calendar year.

But Washington, which recently needed a quarterback but wouldn’t even glance in the direction of Colin Kaepernick, had no qualms about giving safe harbor and, essentially, money for nothing to a man who at a minimum has a problem following rules and at worst use his size and strength to assault and batter a female.

6 responses to “Washington obviously views Reuben Foster as a 2019 prospect

  1. Terrible PR move for the Redskins especially when they are trying to get fans to shop up to games. Every time Foster’s court case is brought up they will mention the team that employs him.

    The Kaep argument in my opinion is not legit. I haven’t heard him once come out and say “I want to play, even if it’s as a backup”

  2. One would’ve thought Foster would’ve learned from his first arrest which was reduced to a weapons charge after his SO retracted the accusation of “domestic violence.” What on earth is Washington thinking? There’s a distinct possibility that the probation imposed from the weapons charge may be revoked due to the domestic violence charge in Tampa.

  3. Wow. But, clearly nothing new to the world of sports and the mindset of its fans.
    Most NFL fans would like this guy on their side.
    It’s all about winning, gambling and fantasy football.
    Right? Fools.
    Me? I’d let the guy walk.

  4. “If you listen to the fans, you’ll be sitting up there with them.” – Buddy Ryan

    Also a quote by Bill Belichick when he was with the Browns that he attributed to Buddy Ryan.

    While I’m not a fan of what Foster allegedly did, I think the move, if it works out is a low risk, high return type of move speaking strictly from a football perspective.

    The operative word is allegedly and 257K to kick the tires is low risk. If they decide that it’s not worth it, they can cut him.

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