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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