The agent of linebacker Reuben Foster appeared to reveal that he’s working to get Foster an invite to training camp with the Miami Dolphins.
Sit tight… it’s been in the works for a min. https://t.co/xjdUi5tYht
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) June 22, 2023
Foster, 29, has not played in the NFL since the 2018 season. A first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Foster has dealt with off-field issues. He also spent some time with the Washington Commanders in recent years but never appeared in a regular season game for the team.
The Dolphins currently have Jerome Baker and David Long Jr. listed as their starting inside linebackers. It’s unknown if Foster would be able to really push either of the two and earn a roster spot after being out of the NFL for so long.
Duke Riley and Channing Tindall are next up on Miami’s depth chart at inside linebacker right now.
As a rookie, Foster made a big impact with the 49ers in just 10 games of action.
He recorded 72 combined tackles, seven tackles for loss and five quarterback hits while finishing third in the voting for the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.
In the 2018 season, Foster appeared in just six games. He made 29 combined tackles and three tackles for loss in those contests, but his season came to an abrupt end.
The 49ers released him during that season after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. It wasn’t the first time in his career that Foster had committed such a crime. Foster had been arrested on charges of felony domestic violence during the previous offseason.
Because of his off-field issues, Foster has not been able to get back on an NFL field, and it makes him a risky player for any team – including the Dolphins – to consider signing.
The Dolphins have previously been interested in Foster, hosting him for a workout last year.
Per source close to team, Dolphins today are working out former Alabama All American LB Reuben Foster, the 31st overall pick in 2017 (Washington) who missed 2019 and 2020 with major knee injury. Health fine now and he's looking for comeback. Overlapped with McDaniel in SF in 2018
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 8, 2022
Foster currently plays for the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers.
Miami has already made major upgrades to its defense this offseason by trading for cornerback Jalen Ramsey and drafting defensive back Cam Smith in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The team may be better off staying away from Foster and his shaky history rather than bringing him into camp, especially since he’s spent several seasons away from the NFL.