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49ers add ex-Dolphins coach from cocaine video

49ers, Chris Foerster, Kyle Shanahan

The San Francisco 49ers have offered a position on their coaching staff to former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster, who was forced to resign from his position in Miami two years ago after a showing him snorting a white substance he later admitted was cocaine. Foerster checked himself into rehab shortly after the incident, which he addressed in 2018.

The 49ers have been offering a second chance to Foerster for a few years now. He’s undergone a trial run as an unofficial consultant for Kyle Shananan’s staff for the past two seasons, and, as of this week, he was listed on the team’s website as an offensive line coach.

“We’re trying to ease him back in” Shanahan said about Foerster in 2019. “I understand how big of a problem he did have. I also understand what he’s doing in committing to fix that problem. We’re trying to give him a chance to get back on track.”

According to 49ers reporter Jennifer Lee Chan, Foerster has been signed to a two-year deal.

The 49ers apparently took an interest in helping Foerster because of his close ties to Shananan and general manager John Lynch. Foerster coached alongside Shananan for four seasons in Washington from 2010-13, and Foerster served as offensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-2001, when Lynch was a star safety for the team.

“He’s done that exactly the right way for two years,” Shanahan said. “We will see if he continues to do that, and then we will reassess that after [the 2019 season]. If it continues to go well, I think he has a chance to get his life back on track. And that’s really all we are trying to do.”