San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster saw domestic violence and marijuana charges against him dropped last month. On Wednesday, the former first-round pick from Alabama copped a plea on misdemeanor gun charges as a way to avoid jail time.
While the outcome of these three cases were seemingly the best-case scenario for both Foster and his 49ers, it’s obvious that the NFL itself might have something to say about what has been a troubling offseason for the star linebacker.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that could include a multi-game suspension.
Despite 49ers' LB Reuben Foster pleading no contest to a misdemeanor weapons possession charge today, the NFL still is mulling a multi-game suspension for him, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 6, 2018
This is not dissimilar to the Ezekiel Elliott case from last offseason. The Dallas Cowboys running back was cleared of any wrong doing stemming from an alleged domestic violence situation with his now ex-girlfriend. Despite this, the NFL handed Elliott a six-game suspension.
Certainly, we all know how that turned out. Elliott and the NFLPA fought the league’s six-game suspension in federal court, only to drop their case before potentially heading to the United States Supreme Court.
Whether Foster and his team would challenge a yet-to-be determined suspension in court remains to be seen. But as we saw with both Elliott and Tom Brady, it’s a distinct possibility.
The NFL would be justified in suspending Foster one game due to the marijuana case. Though, a suspension stemming from the domestic violence incident would set off red flags around the NFLPA.
For the 49ers’ part, they are considered a legitimate playoff contender this coming season. In fact, Vegas odds have them as an under-the-radar Super Bowl contender. Losing a future All-Pro in Foster for multiple games would impact the team’s on-field standing.