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Redskins defensive line reset: Cost/benefit analysis of cutting Ricky Jean-Francois

Redskins defensive line reset: Cost/benefit analysis of cutting Ricky Jean-Francois

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.

Costs

  • 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.

Benefits

  • 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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Redskins' cornerback Josh Norman competes in 'Dancing with the Stars' finale Monday

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Redskins' cornerback Josh Norman competes in 'Dancing with the Stars' finale Monday

Josh Norman is fast, smooth and creative with excellent footwork that can leave you speechless.

Sure, those are qualities he has on the football field, but we're actually talking about his skills as a ballroom dancer.

Norman is one of three finalists on "Dancing with the Stars" during a shortened, athletes-only season. The Redskins' cornerback is partnered with pro dancer Sharna Burgess, and the couple will compete against two other pairs in the finals Monday night (8 p.m., ABC). 

Fiery, in sync and always entertaining, Norman and Burgess have stunned in the first three of four total episodes this season, but winning the mirrorball trophy won't be easy. They're up against Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Adam Rippon and former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.  

Norman's only real competition is Rippon, who is beyond natural on the dance floor — although Norman has been a delightful surprise as well. Clearly — and like so many previous football players who have done well on "DWTS", like Calvin Johnson and Von Miller — his skills on the gridiron easily translate. 

Here's a look at his previous three performances with Burgess. Does it look like he has what it takes to win?

Week 1: The Cha Cha

Week 2: The Paso Doble

Week 3: A Contemporary Dance

Here's how you can vote for Josh and Sharna in Monday's season finale.

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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

Free-agent Junior Galette has been offered deals with multiple teams this offseason, but the eight-year veteran pass-rusher hasn't signed anything because he's considering retirement as well. 

In an Instagram post Sunday, Galette — who has been with the Redskins since 2015 but only played in the 2017 season because of injuries — wrote that he's simply not sure if he wants to continue playing football. 

He said, on Instagram: "The real reason I haven’t signed is because I’ve contemplated retiring. I have 3 Deals Currently on the table and will Plan Accordingly. All my fans i promise this will be my Best I’m not saying nothing else God Bless All I’m BACK".

Galette signed with the Redskins in the 2015 offseason, but he missed both that season and the 2016 one because of multiple Achilles injuries. He played in all 16 Washington games in 2017 and finished the season with 20 total tackles and three sacks. 

Prior to signing with the Redskins, Galette was with the New Orleans Saints for the first five seasons of his career. In 2013 and 2014 — his best seasons, by far, stats wise — he combined for 87 total tackles and 22 sacks, plus two safeties.

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