Just hours after the San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Reuben Foster following an arrest on domestic violence allegations, the Washington Redskins claimed him.
To say the least, the move by Washington sparked quite the mixed reaction from the public, as well as NFL personnel. One person in particular who was a little taken back by another team quickly picking up Foster. Said individual is none other than Foster’s former head coach in San Francisco, Kyle Shanahan.
“I was a little surprised,” Shanahan said, per Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports. “I mean, not the team in particular, but that someone did. But someone did, and I saw it just like you guys did.”
Shanahan has a right to his opinion just as everyone else does.
Foster was considered a risky pick when the 49ers selected him 31st overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Since, he has had multiple off-field issues and played in only 16 total games between 2017-18.
Though, the talent is there. And it would appear Washington is willing to deal with the backlash while Foster’s situation is investigated and dealt with legally.
Shanahan also said that he didn’t think Foster’s affairs were negative to the locker room.
“You could ask them,” Shanahan said. “I think that some, the team is made up of a bunch of people, so it’s got to be a lot of people feeling that way for me to personally feel it. I’m sure it’s affecting a few guys like that but I haven’t felt a difference in our team meetings being around the guys.
“I know it was tough for the guys and I know I’m disappointed in it but we will see how this plays out. But no, I haven’t felt that.”
This is a story that is not about to die down anytime soon. Meanwhile, the NFL will continue to remain under scrutiny about how it handles situations involving alleged and proven domestic violence.