In a surprise move the Redskins have cut linebacker and last seasons leader in tackles Mason Foster.
Foster, 30, led the Redskins in tackles last season. Foster was expected to become the starting middle linebacker once again this season after Rueben Foster went down with a torn ACL in OTAs.
The Redskins will lean on the younger guys to give them the production that Foster gave them last season.
In 16 games in 2018, Foster recorded 131 total tackles. Four of those tackles were for loss. Foster also added two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He also recorded a sack.
Foster’s level of play dropped significantly down the stretch in 2018 when the Redskins were fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Foster’s release only confirms that Shaun Dion Hamilton will become the starting middle linebacker for the 2019 season as Rueben Foster recovers from ACL surgery.
The Redskins also signed Jon Bostic shortly after OTAs in June. Bostic will start alongside Dion Hamilton to begin training camp. Bostic is basically a younger and cheaper version of Mason Foster; they’re both good run defenders but lack instincts and speed in coverage.
Foster was set to earn $4.25 million which only carries a dead cap hit of $225,000 meaning the Redskins will have an extra $4 million in cap room.
The Redskins have now becoming concerningly thin at the middle linebacker position after getting solid play from Foster and the recently departed Preston Smith. The Redskins have Josh Harvey-Clemons, Cole Holcomb, Marquise Flowers and B.J. Blunt.