Redskins cut top tackler Mason Foster, reports say

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The Redskins on Tuesday informed veteran linebacker Mason Foster that they plan to release him, according to multiple reports that cited unidentified sources.

CNN’s Erin Hawksworth was the first to report the news, one day before the team’s training camp starts, and it was confirmed by ESPN.

By releasing him, Washington saves $4 million against the salary cap.

According to ESPN, Foster, 30, was a target to be cut this offseason because of his limited pass-coverage skills, but the Redskins kept him on the roster as insurance.

The team’s linebacker situation was in limbo after Reuben Foster tore his ACL in offseason work, but the Redskins signed veteran Jon Bostic and felt comfortable enough with him to let Mason Foster go.

He has been with the Redskins for four seasons, starting 38 games, and was their leading tackler last year with 133 total stops. He also had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a sack.

Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Anderson, Shaun Dion Hamilton (who can play both inside linebacker spots) and rookie first-round edge rusher Montez Sweat also are listed on the Redskins unofficial depth chart.