The Washington Redskins on Tuesday claimed linebacker Reuben Foster off waivers from the 49ers after he was released following another domestic violence arrest last weekend.
That was Foster’s second domestic violence incident this year and his third arrest.
This time, Foster was charged with domestic battery. He was charged with a domestic violence charge in April, but the accuser — the same woman as this latest arrest — recanted.
While Washington was the team that ultimately claimed Foster and was left trying to explain its flimsy reasons for doing so, the Eagles at least poked around. According to USA Today, the Eagles were the only NFL team to contact the Tampa Police Department for details about Foster’s latest arrest.
From a football sense, it’s easy to see why the Eagles would be interested in Foster. After all, he’s a talented 24-year-old linebacker who was drafted in the first round in 2017 and still has two more years left on his rookie contract.
Meanwhile, Jordan Hicks is hurt and will be a free agent at the end of this season, so the Eagles might be in the market soon enough for some linebacker help.
But Foster’s just not worth it and it looks like the Eagles realized that. Good for them, although it’s a little troubling they were even thinking about it. Even if the Eagles wanted Foster, though, Washington’s claim priority was higher. It’s better that way.
Just look at Washington try to explain its decision to claim Foster.
Here’s the Redskins’ justification for claiming Foster pic.twitter.com/bzXk2buV8x— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) November 27, 2018
That’s great that Washington talked to a bunch of his former teammates who happen to play there, but that hardly counts as research. Now, Washington is getting ripped for the move and rightfully so (see story).
Eagles fans should be happy they passed.
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