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Redskins will not exercise 5th-year option for Reuben Foster, per source

Redskins will not exercise 5th-year option for Reuben Foster, per source

The Redskins decided not to exercise their fifth-year contract option for linebacker Reuben Foster, according to a source with knowledge of the situation

The news should come as no surprise since Foster has yet to play a single down for Washington since the team claimed him off waivers late in the 2018 season. He was put on the Commissioner's Exempt list for the rest of the 2018 season, and then suffered a major knee injury in May 2019 that left him on injured reserve for the rest of the year. 

Acquiring Foster in 2018 brought significant baggage to the organization as the former Alabama star had been cut by the 49ers after repeated arrests for domestic violence. No other NFL team even put a waiver claim in on Foster, and Washington got torched for the move from a public relations standpoint. 

Eventually, Foster was cleared of charges stemming from the November arrest and the NFL decided there weren't grounds for a suspension. For a brief time, the Redskins' move to bring in Foster and deal with all the criticism seemed warranted from a football perspective. After all, Foster had the physical tools to be a star linebacker for Washington. 

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Then, on his first day wearing a Redskins uniform during a meaningless OTA drill, Foster landed wrong and severely injured his knee. He was carted off the practice field, screaming in pain while stunned players, coaches and media watched the scene unfold. 

Fast forward to the current situation with Ron Rivera in charge, and it's easy to understand why the Redskins didn't pick up Foster's option, as first reported by The Washington Post

Claiming Foster was a Bruce Allen project, and a Bruce Allen decision. Rivera has no ties to Foster, which makes this decision easy. 

If Foster is able to come back and play this year, then the team could try and work an extension, but the scope of the injury suggests that's not a given. 

Late in the 2019 season, a report came out that Foster suffered extensive nerve damage, but the good news was he regained feeling in his foot. "Regained feeling in his foot" and actually playing football seem quite far from one another. 

Keep in mind the Redskins are switching to a 4-3 defense, and an early projection would have Cole Holcomb and Thomas Davis as starting outside linebackers with Jon Bostic in the middle of the defense. Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaun Dion Hamilton are two young players who have dealt with injuries during their time in Washington and were drafted under the previous regime. In addition to Davis, Rivera signed Kevin Pierre-Louis in free agency, which probably puts him ahead of the two younger guys. Washington also signed former Panther Jared Norris earlier this offseason, another linebacker with Rivera ties. The team also drafted Khaleke Hudson last week, a linebacker/hybrid safety.

Rivera was asked about Foster before the draft and his reply seemed to describe the uncertainty of the situation:

"As far as Reuben Foster is concerned, you know, he’s done a great job when he was around, when I was around actually, when I was able to see him. It looked good, it looked like he was working his way back, and, again, the one thing that we’re doing right now is we’re not counting on anybody yet because we haven’t had a chance to watch them, we don’t know."

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DeMatha alumni Chase Young and Paul Rabil execute socially distant jersey swap

DeMatha alumni Chase Young and Paul Rabil execute socially distant jersey swap

Chase Young hasn't played a single snap for the Redskins yet and he's already swapping his No. 99 jersey with other pro athletes. 

Fellow DeMatha alumni and PLL star Paul Rabil got things started on Twitter by offering his No. 99 Atlas jersey for Young's, all the while abiding by social distancing guidelines. 

Young then responded, which feels like an appropriate time to mention how nonchalantly these guys throw around the triple-XL jersey as their jersey size. 

Rabil and Young, who share the same high school, have a mutual admiration for one another. A few months after the Redskins made Young the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Rabil revealed he reached out to the young pass-rusher to congratulate him. 

Chase is great, man," Rabil said in June. "I shot him a note because obviously I think he's a generational talent, his athleticism, his size and his work ethic... I'm pumped to see him wear No. 99. We have that in common. Sharing some additional commonalities is something Chase and I went back and forth on."

From Rabil to Markelle Fultz, Young has plenty of support from local stars as he gets set to begin his career with his hometown team. 

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Tony Dungy won't say Redskins team name on air: 'It's not hard to change the name'

Tony Dungy won't say Redskins team name on air: 'It's not hard to change the name'

The controversy surrounding the Redskins' team name has gained steam in recent days as numerous investors have reportedly urged Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to end their relationships with the franchise unless the name is changed. 

Several government officials have also reportedly denied Washington from potentially moving to RFK stadium in the future if they remain the Redskins. 

Now, more voices around the game have begun to let their objections be known, including two-time Super Bowl champion and Football Night in America analyst Tony Dungy. In an interview with The Undefeated's William C. Rhoden, Dungy admitted he's stayed away from using "Redskins" when referring to Washington's pro football team on the air. 

“It’s not hard to change the name,” Dungy said. “When I’m on the air, I try to just refer to them as Washington. I think it’s appropriate. If the team doesn’t want to change, the least I can do is try not to use it.”

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The increase in attention to the team's name comes at a time where racial injustice has become a paramount societal problem. Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, protests erupted across the country. 

“You can say, ‘This has been a historic name and we’ve used it for this team for X number of years, but in this day and age, it’s offensive to some people, so we’re going to change it.’ I don’t think that’s hard,” Dungy said.

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In his first public comments about his new team's name, head coach Ron Rivera said the conversation, "Is all about the moment and timing."

"But I'm just somebody that's from a different era when football wasn't such a big part of the political scene," he said. That's one of the tough things, too, is I've always wanted to keep that separate."

The Redskins have not yet responded to recent developments involving outside investors and government officials. 

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