In the last week the Redskins said goodbye to their two best defensive linemen from 2016 in Chris Baker and Ricky Jean-François. Baker was an unrestricted free agent, and though the team did not attempt to re-sign him, Swaggy left of his own volition.
François' situation was different. He was under contract, and the 'Skins cut him. Let's break down the move like its business school with a cost/benefit analysis.
- Losing François hurts most in the locker room. A vocal leader, the 30-year-old veteran did not hesitate to challenge his teammates for better play during tough stretches.
- Signed by Scot McCloughan in 2015 with a nod toward changing the locker room culture, count one fewer player with ties to the 'Skins former GM.
- The Redskins immediately save $3 million towards the 2017 salary cap by releasing François.
- François was not overly productive in two seasons with the Redskins. He will turn 31 this season, and with the signings of Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee, it's likely François would compete for more snaps.
Those are the facts. Looking beyond that for insight, it's possible François' recent criticism of the team played a part in his release. As sensational as that sounds, however, remember this was a player on the 24th ranked rush defense that lost snaps to Ziggy Hood, a free agent the team did elect to bring back.
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Here's an updated look at second-round pick Ryan Anderson's stats since the Redskins drafted him back in late April: zero career NFL tackles, one career baby named partly after him.
On Tuesday, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt honored Anderson and fellow ex-Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster by combining their last names and making that combination his newborn son's middle name.
Everyone please say hello to Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt:
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The gesture was not lost on Anderson, who said on Instagram that the "little guy will always hold a special place" in his heart:
One gets the sense that Anderson, who comes across as a very intense man and one whose breakfast probably consists of a bowl of motor oil, doesn't use heart emojis very often. Therefore, since he used some in his Instagram caption, you know Pruitt's decision meant a lot to him.
Jordan Reed was reportedly absent from the Redskins' voluntary OTA practice on Tuesday, but a picture on Twitter shows the stud tight end didn't skip the session just so he could lounge around on the couch.
Chad Johnson, expert on all things such as repeatedly hauling in footballs and transforming the end zone into the 18th green at Augusta National, posted this photo of him, Reed and one other fellow, presumably following a workout:
For those who want to freak out that Washington's top offensive threat didn't show up in Ashburn for his team's OTAs, it's important to remember that 1) it was not required and 2) judging by that snapshot, Reed has had no trouble staying in football shape on his own or finding people to hone his craft with.
By the way, peep that hashtag from Johnson. When a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro uses the word legendary to refer to someone else, that someone else should feel pretty good about himself.
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