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Redskins cut LB Mason Foster — Should the Giants be interested?

Should the Giants bring the veteran linebacker in for a look?

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

In our preview of the New York Giants roster in preparation for the 2019 training camp, Ed observed that the Giants appear to be “just trying to get by” at linebacker.

But could they add another veteran to the mix?

Tuesday, the Washington Redskins released ILB Mason Foster, who had served as their “MIKE” linebacker in 2018.

Foster was originally signed by Washington back in 2015 following a surprising cut by the Chicago Bears. Foster’s time in Washington was marked by short contracts, but he was popular inside their facilities and just signed a 2-year, $3.4 million contract in January of 2018.

Foster was a popular pre-draft selection for the Giants before the 2011 NFL Draft. He was ultimately selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round (84th overall) and was a solid — if not spectacular — player for Tampa’s defense.

Unfortuantely, Foster’s play has declined over his time in Washington. While he had an impressive 131 tackles in 2018, as well as two interceptions, 4 passes defensed, and 4 tackles for a loss, Foster struggled mightily in coverage. Teams targeted, and exploited, him in coverage as he struggled to keep up with running backs.

So with the Giants seemingly in perpetual need of help at linebacker, should they give him a look for his strong tackling despite his diminished play in coverage?