Why the Baltimore Ravens should sign Mason Foster
Mason Foster was recently released by the Washington Redskins. The Baltimore Ravens must swoop him up:
The Baltimore Ravens would be wise to add the Washington Redskins leading tackler from last season, Mason Foster. In 2018 he had a career high 131 tackles. Foster also had a sack and had two interceptions for Washington last year. Whatever the thinking going on across the beltway, it was a bad move to release him.
Foster is a veteran linebacker with a proven track record of production. He has 661 tackles and at 30 years old he still has plenty left in the tank. The Ravens have two young linebackers to be excited about in Patrick Onwuasor and Kenny Young. The signing of Foster would add to that combination.
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Onwuasor is the next Mosley. Foster and Young would rotate in and out of the game. Foster would be a better third inside linebacker than Chris Board.
Young is still a fairly unproven commodity in the NFL. He had a strong rookie season. The Ravens are looking for Onwuasor to become the leader of the defense. A cynic might say that the inside linebacker position is the most unproven area on the Ravens depth chart. Adding a linebacker who has been around awhile makes a good bit of sense.
Foster is an well rounded talent at the linebacker position. Foster has had at least one interception in five out of eight seasons in the league. The Ravens would be getting a solid player. They wouldn’t be getting a dominate game changer. They would get a strong role player who is used to being asked to do a lot more.
There is no downside to adding Foster. He was a late roster cut by Washington, and this is the kind of move that the Ravens are known for. It would help the defense. It would add a little bit of an insurance policy for a position group that still needs to prove itself.
The most important thing to remember is that this move wouldn’t break the bank. It would be a common sense move. The Ravens have a chance to add a proven to be productive linebacker (who just happens to be coming off his best statistical season). What’s the hold up? Eric DeCosta needs to make this move.