The Washington Redskins eliminated veteran linebacker Mason Foster on Tuesday, a day before players must appear for training camp, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The measure saves Washington $ 4 million against the salary cap. Foster, who led the team in tackles last season, had been in the bubble during the offseason. The Redskins discussed his court before free agency, but wanted to keep it safe in case they needed a veteran incumbent. After Reuben Foster tore his ACL during spring training, they signed Jon Bostic and liked what they saw of him.
The news of the release of Mason Foster was first reported by Erin Hawksworth.
The Redskins also have Shaun Dion Hamilton, who can play in the two internal linebacker positions, and recruited Cole Holcomb in the fifth round. Foster was seen as a two-try linebacker who had coverage problems. He said in the spring that he had lost at least 15 pounds, trying to gain speed.
The Redskins could use the top savings to possibly redo the Trent Williams contract. After releasing Foster, they will have a space of approximately $ 12 million. Williams is likely to miss the start of training camp as he is still upset about some of his medical care; It is uncertain if a new deal would appease him. He has two years remaining in his current contract.
The Redskins also want to extend guard Brandon Scherff, who is entering the last year of his contract. The sides started talking in January.
Foster started the 16 games for Washington last season, leading the team in tackles with 133. He started 38 games in total in his four seasons with the Redskins. He spent the first four years of his career as a regular linebacker in Tampa Bay. The Redskins picked it up after Chicago cut it in the summer of 2015.