By Sally Fahey

The Redskins have declined the fifth-year option for linebacker Reuben Foster, the Post reports.

That means Foster, 26, will become a free agent after the 2020 season, a decision that couldn’t have been too difficult to make from a salary standpoint, as the option for 2021 would be guaranteed for injury.

Foster suffered a torn ACL, plus potential artery damage, on the first day of OTAs in the spring of 2019. It still remains to be seen, when he does return, whether he’ll be the same player he was pre-injury. That’s a chance the Redskins weren’t willing to risk financially.

Foster’s been through the ringer the past few years. A first-round pick in 2017, he showed promise in his rookie season with the 49ers and appeared on track to build off it in 2018 until everything went sideways.


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