The Miami Dolphins will host free agent quarterback Reuben Foster on a free agent visit, working out the previous first round selection on Friday. Foster’s addition could give Dolphins a solid player on the roster, though the full-back has struggled to stay healthy for most of his career. The The free agent visit was first reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Foster, 27, was a first-round pick for the San Francisco 49ers in the 2017 University of Alabama’s NFL Draft. He moved into the 49ers’ starting line-up during training camp, starting 10 games as a rookie but dealing with ankle and rib issues during the season, limiting him to just 10 games. He was suspended for two games at the start of the 2018 season for violations of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, and returned to start six games before being waived by 49 players after being arrested for domestic violence. The Washington leaders’ privilege claimed him, with the NFL continuing its investigation into his arrest.
He was not suspended from the arrest and charges were eventually dropped, with both the Florida attorney general’s office and the NFL concluding that there was insufficient evidence to take action. Foster returned to training with Washington in May 2019, but suffered a ruptured ACL that cost him the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Foster has been training with the teams since recovering from a knee injury, but he has not signed by anyone yet.
In the two seasons of excitement, Foster appeared in 16 games, starting them all, with 101 tackles and two defensive passes. Dolphins’ head coach Mike McDaniel was the 49ers running game coordinator during Foster’s tenure in San Francisco.
Foster has experience playing both outside and inside full-back positions. If the Dolphins were to sign him, he could make sense as an inside back, where the team could use depth. The supposed top of Miami’s depth chart has Jerome Baker and Elandon Roberts inside, with Duke Riley’s primary depth option on. Outside, Miami could start with Jaylan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel, with Sam Eguavoen also spinning. If Foster is able to establish himself and become a key contributor or key player, that could allow Miami some flexibility at full-back, including allowing Becker to slip outside and use his skills to put pressure on opposing midfielders.
Miami could consider offering Foster a minimum contract with little money secured, turning Friday’s training into a summer long look at the former first-round pick without any major commitment, leaving the ability to release him if he doesn’t live up to the potential he’s shown. Back in 2017.