While the 49ers gather information from the incident that led to Reuben Foster’s arrest on Sunday, the team will likely adjust their offseason plans. The 49ers must proceed as if Reuben will be not eligible to play. He will be suspended games this coming season because of this incident and his marijuana arrest last month. His inability to stay out of trouble will continue to keep him off the field. The 49ers took a chance on him even with the issues he came with and it looks like the 49ers have made a mistake.
Regardless of how the Foster situation turns out, the 49ers will have to proceed thru the offseason as if Reuben will not be on the field. In the upcoming draft, the 49ers can take a look at drafting a middle linebacker. Free agency has linebackers that could help strengthen the roster. The 49ers will likely resign LB Brock Coyle, who played alongside Foster last season and veteran Malcolm Smith will be back. While Reuben Foster is a talented player, the 49ers played without him this past season. The defense can play well even without him in the lineup.
The Reuben Foster arrest took away from all the excitement and good feelings from Jimmy Garoppolo signing his deal last week. Fortunately for the 49ers, Jimmy has a much bigger impact on the team’s ability to compete next season than Reuben ever had. Jimmy is the most important player on this team and he is the key in getting the 49ers back to the top tier of the NFL. Free agents are rumored to be eyeing San Francisco as a destination. That all goes to the work John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have done in rebuilding the culture in the team and the play of the new highest player in the league, Jimmy G.
Breaking down Jimmy’s contract (Wagoner)
Fills a need | Teams looking into David Amerson including 49ers (Alper)
A good possibility | 49ers to trade back in latest mock draft (Galko)
Interest in Amerson (Williams)
Reuben made the decision for them | A decision for the 49ers to make (Maiocco)
Not looking good after 1 year | Reuben’s future (Barrows)
Latest report on Foster (Florio)
Jimmy G improved a lot of the offense | Offensive improvements in 2017 (Fann)
Would be exciting to see what he could do in Kyle’s offense | Saquon Barkley (Biderman)
Insider podcast (Maiocco)