The Eagles are struggling right now with their Linebacker situation. Jordan Hicks will miss a few more weeks with a calf injury, and Nathan Gerry did an awful job of filling in for him against the Giants. The team definitely isn’t content with what they saw from Gerry, and are apparently looking at ways to upgrade from him while Hicks is out. One player they thought about bringing is the disreputable former San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Reuben Foster.
According to a report from A.J. Perez of USA Today, the Eagles were the only NFL team that contacted the Tampa Police Department for details about Foster’s misdemeanor domestic battery arrest that led to the 49ers releasing him. So what does that mean from the Eagles?
The Eagles likely just wanted to find out more specific details about what happened that lead to his arrest and subsequent release from the 49ers. It is probable they wanted to know if the 49ers might have jumped the gun when releasing him and would have possibly claimed him if they thought he was innocent. The team ended up not liking what they saw in the report, because they had a chance to claim him off waivers but declined; the Redskins ended up claiming him a few spots later down the waiver board.
So the Eagles ended up doing the right thing – they wanted to confirm what was being reported about the incident, and would have taken advantage of the situation if it ended up not being true. Since it seems like the domestic abuse claim has been proven true, the Eagles stayed away from Foster and will now be looking elsewhere for possible Linebacker help.