The Redskins ignited a firestorm in November when they claimed Reuben Foster off waivers. The 49ers released Foster after his second domestic violence arrest of 2018, but Washington moved to pick up the former University of Alabama linebacker despite his arrest just three days prior.
On Thursday, news emerged that the domestic violence charges against Foster from the November incident have been dropped. From TMZ Sports:
TMZ Sports has obtained a court document filed on Jan. 2nd which shows the State Attorney's Office in Florida has dismissed the misdemeanor charge against Foster stemming from a Nov. 24 incident with his ex-girlfriend.
Foster was scheduled to appear at an arraignment in Hillsborough County, FL on Thursday morning -- but the hearing was canceled after the notice of termination of prosecution was filed.
This situation is obviously complex, but this is the second time that Foster's former girlfriend alleged domestic violence. After the first arrest in the spring of 2018, she recanted her testimony - something she told Good Morning America in December she had done to save his career.
"Because I loved him," she said at the time, "and love will have you doin' things that's not in your best interests."
Foster was scheduled to be arraigned on the November charges on Thursday, but the arraignment was canceled according to reports because the charges were dropped.
All along, the Redskins said Foster would never play if he was found guilty of the charges. Washington president Bruce Allen said the team conducted their own inquiry into the matter and felt Foster would be cleared.
A suspension to start the 2019 season still seems quite likely from the NFL, but keep in mind the Redskins now have contractual rights for Foster for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Since he was a first-round pick, Washington could also exercise the fifth-year contract option for Foster in 2021.
Assuming he gets clearance from the NFL to play in 2019, Foster could help on the field right away.
A first-round pick in 2017, Foster logged 72 tackles in 10 games as a rookie. This season, he dealt with a suspension and his November release before being placed on the NFL's Commissioner-Exempt list. He played in just six games and logged 29 tackles.
The Redskins could be in the middle of overhauling their linebacking group.
Zach Brown got benched late in the 2018 season and could be a salary cap casualty for 2019. Shaun Dion Hamilton took over his spot, and Foster and Hamilton played together in college at Alabama. Mason Foster is also under contract for 2019, but has no guaranteed money on his deal. The team also has Josh Harvey-Clemmons in the mix.
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