Defensive back Evan Foster, a three-year starter for Syracuse football, will get an NFL shot with the San Francisco 49ers.
Former Syracuse football defensive back Evan Foster may have gone undrafted following his career in Central New York, but now he has caught on in the National Football League with the stellar defense of the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers recently announced that they have signed the 6-foot, 215-pound Foster to a three-year deal, although San Francisco did not disclose the financial terms of his contract.
This is a wonderful landing spot in the pro ranks for Foster, as the 49ers boasted one of the NFL’s premier defenses a season ago, during a campaign in which San Francisco made it all the way to the Super Bowl, before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Without question, the 49ers will have an opportunity to compete for another Super Bowl in the near future, and hopefully Foster can play a key role in helping the storied San Francisco franchise capture another ring.
According to a cuse.com press release, Foster served as a three-year starter for Syracuse football at strong safety. In his tenure on the Hill from 2016 to 2019, Foster made 37 starts and competed in 46 total contests.
He registered 234 tackles in that span, the ninth-most in program history for a defensive back, per cuse.com. Additionally, Foster led the Orange secondary in tackles during three-consecutive stanzas, from 2017 to 2019.
When Syracuse football went 10-3 in 2018 and finished ranked No. 15 nationally in the major polls, Foster collected a career-high 86 stops in his junior stint.
Cuse.com says that he also recorded two interceptions, nine tackles for loss, 12 pass break-ups, three sacks, one caused fumble, and three fumble recoveries.
Prior to coming on board at Syracuse, Foster attended West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he suited up at safety and wide receiver.
Foster’s signing with the 49ers follows a recent wave of NFL-related news concerning other former Syracuse football players. For one, the Indianapolis Colts said on Aug. 16 that they waived defensive end Kendall Coleman.
An Indianapolis native, Coleman had signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 29 of this year, according to an announcement from the team.
On July 20, punter Sterling Hofrichter inked his rookie deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens recently released offensive lineman Evan Adams, while the New England Patriots let go of wide receiver and return specialist Sean Riley.