The Washington Redskins were quick to scoop Reuben Foster off the waiver wire not long after the San Francisco 49ers released the linebacker for another domestic violence arrest. Former Redskins offensive coordinator and current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he was surprised anybody claimed Foster, according to Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area.
“I was a little surprised,” Shanahan said. “I mean, not the team in particular, but that someone did. But someone did, and I saw it just like you guys did.”
Foster was arrested over the weekend at the team hotel in Tampa on a domestic violence charge, and San Francisco quickly decided to release the 2017 first-round pick. It was Foster's second domestic violence arrest of 2018, both involving the same victim, but the first charges were dropped earlier this year when the woman recanted her statements.
Shanahan doesn't think the Foster incident was detrimental to his locker room, but it will be interesting to see how everything is handled in Washington. The Redskins quickly placed Foster on the Commissioner Exempt list as the NFL reviews his situation.
It seems clear claiming Reuben Foster was a play for the 2019 season. He was already suspended two games this season for violating the league's policies on personal conduct and substance abuse stemming from a weapons and drug offense, and he'll likely be punished again for this latest domestic violence incident.