For some former 49ers, an extended absence from the field would be a convenient excuse not to give him a look-see. For other former 49ers, it doesn’t matter.
Linebacker Reuben Foster, the 49ers’ first-round pick in 2017, will have a tryout against the Seahawks on Sunday, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Foster has not played in a regular season game since October 28, 2018.
It’s the latest off-the-field issue since the 49ers arrested Foster in November 2018 for domestic violence. Washington apologized for his recent arrest, which drew a lot of criticism. (The lawsuit was later dismissed.) The following May, Foster suffered a torn ACL during offseason workouts. Knee injuries ended both 2019 and 2020. Not played in 2021.
It’s been a long road back to the NFL for Foster, who was once considered a top-five pick before falling to the bottom of the round. The 49ers acquired Foster after accidentally trading up from No. 34 to No. 31 with the Seahawks.
It could be even worse for the 49ers, who are poised to make Foster a top-five pick. After the Bears swung a deal with the 49ers to take defensive lineman Solomon Thomas with the 2nd pick, after sliding down to No. 3, the 49ers took Foster with the third overall pick in the 2017 draft.
Not Patrick Mahomes. Not Deshaun Watson. Not Christian McCaffrey.
Yes, the draft was a disaster for the 49ers, with one exception — a certain tight end from Iowa who somehow ended up with the 146th overall pick and appeared with Foster.