In a flood of positive news for 49ers fans, there is bound to be one thing to go south. The recent arrest of Reuben Foster is what this is.
The team’s rookie standout from last year was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, threats, and possession of an assault weapon. He’s already out of custody as of Sunday night after posting his $75,000.
It’s troubling to hear this news, especially with the severity of the alleged crime. This came after Foster’s first arrest of this offseason for possession of marijuana in Alabama on January 13th.
With this recent development of off-the-field problems, it might be time for San Francisco to rethink their offseason plan.
The 49ers Offseason Plan Now with Foster’s Arrest
The plan was simple and set in stone at first. After signing Jimmy Garoppolo to a long-term deal, all they needed is to:
- Find a running game that replaces Carlos Hyde with a new number one guy.
- Get a number one receiver.
- Improve the interior offensive linemen positions and (hopefully) re-sign Trenton Brown for the long-term.
- Find new pass-rushers that compliment the cornerstones already in place in the front seven.
- Figure out the secondary spots with the young talents of Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt, and Adrian Colbert and how to have them all on the field at the same time.
Now with the recent string of arrests, the 49ers might need to include a bit of security if this continues for the 2017 first-rounder. It’s going to be hard for fans to hear this, considering they’ve been through this too often already.
From the surprise retirement of Patrick Willis to the even more surprising retirement of Chris Borland after only one season of play. Now the team’s replacement for NaVorro Bowman (who was released in October) will now need a new insurance plan. A replacement-in-waiting if you will.
Someone in free agency like Preston Brown or Demario Davis would suffice. However, looking into the draft, second-day guys like Malik Jefferson and Darius Leonard would also fit Foster’s mold.
It’s too early to say if the team needs a replacement, but the team still needs to look into this option.
What this means for Foster’s future in San Francisco
It’s not the first time that this sort of behavior was shown by a big name linebacker on the 49ers roster. Former All-Pro pass rusher, Aldon Smith is arguably more known for his off-the-field antics than his play now.
The former Pro Bowler had a rap sheet consisting of five arrests during his four years with the 49ers organization. Now he’s still in waiting for his indefinite suspension to be over. He has yet to play a down since the 2015 season with the Raiders.
Fans should hope that Foster doesn’t fall into this dangerous territory. Otherwise, it will be another talented player wasted due to his poor judgment.
The 49ers need to give Foster help and give him structure.