Both players will still count against the team’s roster limit.
This is the next step for Smith after he was cleared to resume football activity from his medical team. There’s still a long way to go but this should allow Smith to ease back into the swing of things.
In 2018, Smith’s career was left hanging in the balance after suffering a gruesome tibia and fibula fracture that later led to severe infection and sepsis.
Smith explained his focus is just on practice right now and any thoughts of returning to play in a game are a way off still.
“For me, all eyes are on practice,” Smith said. “That’s the next step. I have to go prove to myself and certainly to everybody else that I can go practice.”
Smith, 36, is a former first-round pick of the 49ers back in 2005. After seven years in San Francisco, Smith was traded to the Chiefs in 2013.
Smith was in the fourth year of his five-year, $76 million contract that includes $45 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $10.8 million for the 2018 season when he was traded to Washington.
Washington and Smith later agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract that included $55 million fully guaranteed.
In 2018, Smith appeared in 10 games for Washington and completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,045 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown.
Foster, 26, is a former first-round pick of the 49ers back in 2017. The 49ers waived him in 2018 and he was later claimed off of waivers by Washington.
Foster is entering the final year of his four-year, $9.03 million rookie contract and set to make a base salary of $1.7 million for the 2020 season. Washington declined to pick up his fifth-year option this past April.
In 2018, Foster appeared in six games for the 49ers and recorded 29 tackles and a pass defense.