49ers GM John Lynch says team will cut Reuben Foster if he’s guilty
Linebacker Reuben Foster remains on the San Francisco 49ers’ roster despite serious allegations of domestic violence charged against him. But Niners general manager John Lynch has stressed that Foster will be cut from the team if he’s found guilty of that charge.
“I’m not at liberty to go in depth on this because it’s an ongoing legal process, and we’re going to respect that. We do feel like patience is the right approach right now. We’re going to learn things through this legal process… But I want to be abundantly clear, if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did hit this young lady, he won’t be a part of this organization going forward,” Lynch said, per ESPN news services.
The 49ers previously announced last week that Foster won’t take part in the team’s offseason program while he sorts out his legal issues.
It’s reasonable for the Niners to preach patience and determine whether Foster actually is guilty of any crime before doing anything drastic. However, it’s indicative of Foster’s value to the team that they didn’t move to cut ties with him not just because of this latest felony charge, but also because of the growing list of problems he’s been involved in over the past few years.
If Foster were a lesser player, he’d probably be gone by now. But since the 49ers just spent a first-round pick on him last season and played like a potential star as a rookie, they’re likely still holding out hope that they don’t need to part ways with him until they absolutely have to.