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Mason Foster | Linebacker

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 241
College: Washington
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New Bears ILB Mason Foster's one-year deal is worth just $825,000.
It can scarcely even be considered a "prove-it" deal. It's just flier money for the Bears after Foster struggled mightily in 2014. He'll try to earn a role as a two-down run stopper in the preseason. Mar 30 - 1:22 PM

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Bears agreed to terms with ILB Mason Foster, formerly of the Bucs, on a one-year contract.

It's a deal that's been nearly two weeks in the making. Foster was a four-year starter for the Bucs, but can kindly be described as a two-down compiler. Foster is severely limited in pass coverage, and is coming off an injury-marred 2014. Switching to a 3-4 defense and waving goodbye to Lance Briggs, the Bears are remaking their linebacker corps.
Mar 24 - 6:05 PM

The Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers are "looking at" free agent ILB Mason Foster.

Foster's market has been nonexistent since it was erroneously reported he was close to a three-year deal with the Bears. It's unknown if he has a visit scheduled with the 49ers, who badly need to restock the cupboard at inside linebacker.
Mar 23 - 2:00 PM

ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright reports the Bears and free agent ILB Mason Foster are "not close" to a deal.

On Thursday, it was reported the two sides were hammering out a three-year contract. It appears negotiations hit a snag, though they remain in contact. Foster would be a good get as the Bears transition to the 3-4.
Mar 16 - 9:37 PM

The Bears are reportedly working on a three-year deal with free agent ILB Mason Foster.

A below-average starter as a 4-3 "Mike" backer in Tampa Bay, Foster's pass-coverage limitations might be easier to cover up in the 3-4 system the Bears are installing. Even under rookie GM Ryan Pace, Chicago is trying to use free agency to fix its defense for the second consecutive offseason.
Mar 12 - 12:07 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports the Dolphins could have interest in free agent MLB Mason Foster.

Foster would be a fallback plan should the Dolphins not land free agent ILB David Harris. 26-year-old Foster is five years younger than Harris but has been far less productive since being the No. 84 pick in the 2011 draft. He can't cover and has been weak against the run despite being billed as a downhill thumper. Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey knows Foster from his Tampa days.
Feb 25 - 8:44 AM

Bucs declared LB Mason Foster, OT Anthony Collins, WR Robert Herron, WR Solomon Patton, RB Mike James, CB Isaiah Frey and DE George Uko inactive for Week 17 against the Saints.

Foster heads into the offseason nursing an Achilles' injury. Collins has been a healthy scratch for three-straight games.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Saints.

Foster was listed as questionable after getting in three limited practices this week, but it wasn't enough to get him back on the field. Foster originally hurt his shoulder Week 2. Dane Fletcher will continue to fill in at middle linebacker. It's a boost for Khiry Robinson, who's a mid-range RB2 this week.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 10:06:00 AM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

Foster suited up both Wednesday and Thursday, and appears on track to return against the Saints.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 03:52:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster dislocated his shoulder in the Week 2 loss to the Rams.

Foster exited early in the first half. Across 97 snaps, Foster has registered just six tackles and is struggling against both the run and pass. Former Patriots LB Dane Fletcher will man the middle for however long Foster is out.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 06:22:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster exited Sunday's Week 2 game against the Rams with a shoulder injury and will not return.

Foster registered two tackles before leaving early in the first half. Dane Fletcher has replaced the downhill thumper at middle linebacker.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 06:49:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster has shed seven pounds since the spring in an effort to become better in coverage and quicker laterally.

Foster played at 242 pounds last season. In new coach Lovie Smith's defense, linebackers have to be fast to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster has mostly been a straight-linish attacking linebacker since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. Foster will be on the IDP radar as an every-down player.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Mason Foster is considered the "odds-on favorite" to start at middle linebacker for the Bucs.

However, ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas names Foster as one of three players who need a strong training camp. The Bucs signed Dane Fletcher in the offseason, and he has plenty of experience and smarts after playing for Bill Belichick the previous four seasons. DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern with Foster's ability to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster is a thumper.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jul 14, 2014 07:18:00 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.

"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage-skills to remain at middle linebacker, but Foster showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster could also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use fewer dime packages.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 05:37:00 PM

Bucs DC Leslie Frazier hinted the team may need to find a new middle linebacker, upgrading on Mason Foster.

Foster is an attacking linebacker who likes to get into the backfield. In the Bucs' new "Tampa-2" defense, the middle linebacker has to excel in coverage. Foster has struggled with that ever since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. He graded out in the bottom half of Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings this past season. Lovie Smith will be looking for his next Brian Urlacher.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 12:40:00 PM