The Philadelphia Eagles were the only NFL team to contact the Tampa Police Department regarding the recent arrest that caused the San Francisco 49ers to release 2017 first-round pick Reuben Foster, according to a report from USA TODAY’s A.J. Perez.
The fact that the Eagles looked into Foster’s situation shows they had some level of interest in the 24-year-old linebacker. Philadelphia was not seriously interested enough to put a waiver claim in on him, however. If they were, they would’ve been the team to successfully claim him instead of Washington. The 5-6 Eagles rank higher than the 6-5 Redskins on the waiver claim order since they have an overall worse record.
Perhaps the Eagles would’ve had more interest in adding Foster if he passed through waivers and became a free agent. Or maybe they didn’t like what they found out from the police and decided he wasn’t an option for them.
In any case, Foster is a member of Washington now. It’s unclear if/when he’ll be able to get on the field since he’s been placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, which means he’s not eligible to participate in practices or games at the moment. Washington also released a statement saying Foster would need to pass through “multiple steps” before he can suit up for them on game day.
Foster has been arrested on alleged domestic violence charges multiple times now. He’s also dealt with some injury issues during his NFL career. Dan Snyder’s regime decided Foster was worth the risk, despite not even contacting the Tampa police. All 31 other teams, including the Eagles, decided to pass.