efore we turn all of our thoughts toward free agency, the NFL Draft and the 2016 season. Breaking Burgundy will put a bow on the Washington Redskins NFC East-winning 2015 campaign, player report card style. Peter Hailey on the highlights, lowlights and what the immediate future holds for all members of the Burgundy and Gold.
Player: Mason Foster
Contract status: Unrestricted free agent
Preseason buzz: None. Zero. N/A. Foster wasn’t even a part of the team during the preseason (he was with Chicago but was cut on Sept. 5). So the buzz was entirely silent for the fifth-year pro who was simply just looking for a job at the outset of the schedule.
Ended 2015 as...: A key centerpiece for the defense, someone who teamed up with Will Compton to replace Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley Jr. to solidify Washington’s linebacking corps.
Season highs: His performance against Dallas on Monday Night Football was a tremendous one (and his first start for the team). It was the game that showed coaches he could handle the load, and the one that jumpstarted his surprisingly productive finish to the season.
Season lows: He really screwed up on an onside kick against the Jets, a play that made me inexplicably bitter and mad at him. But as a linebacker, he was very good for Joe Barry and Co. So I forgive you, Mason.
Off-the-field highlight: His bromance with Will Compton brought joy to the hearts of many Washington fans, and was beautiful to watch. They tweeted hilarious and random things at each other often, and it looks like they’ll be BFFs forever.
Grade: B+. For someone who was a free agent pickup, he did about as well as you could hope for. Another hit on the “Scot McCloughan Diamonds in the Rough” playlist.
2016 expectations: He’s not under contract with the Redskins, but ideally that changes. He’s still young but played a ton in the past for the Buccaneers. He knows what he’s doing. I liked what I saw from him and think he’s a trustworthy and cheap option at linebacker going forward.
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