Throughout the slow parts of the offseason, I’ll often bashfully appeal to silver linings to account for a lack of Nuggets with “no news is good news, it means that none of our players are getting arrested”. Well, the universe has apparently had enough of my hijinx, and decided that off-field issues will dominate 49ers-related news for the foreseeable future.
The most recent update to the Reuben Foster fiasco is that the team plans to keep the troubled LB at arm’s length during upcoming offseason activities, pending a resolution to his legal matters. Of course, there is the very real possibility that Foster’s career is over, and the decision to distance themselves from Foster is the team’s attempt to make up some lost ground in the public relations game.
As developments unfold in this hellish scenario, it seems increasingly likely that John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan will be forced to look to the draft to fill a needless hole. Ignoring for a moment that the team burned a high 4th round selection to move up 3 spots to select Foster, the burden his actions have placed on the team’s future is just as infuriating - selecting a player like Roquan Smith to replace Foster’s production wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, other than the acknowledgement that the same capital could be used on a number of other pressing issues. Outside of Smith, the likelihood of replacing Foster’s elite production decreases dramatically.
The NFL draft begins on Thursday, April 26th, which is ten days away. We’ll have some answers to this question sooner rather than later.
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