Redskins release defensive end Ricky Jean Francois

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have released defensive end Ricky Jean Francois.

Jean Francois' release comes less than a week after the start of free agency and the firing of general manager Scot McCloughan. The team announced the move Wednesday.

The 30-year-old started six of Washington's 16 games last season and had 32 tackles and 1 + sacks. In 109 games over eight NFL seasons, Jean Francois has 153 tackles and 12 sacks.

Jean Francois had criticized the Redskins in a radio interview for firing McCloughan and also made his feelings known on social media.

The Redskins also re-signed defensive lineman Ziggy Hood and offensive lineman Vinston Painter. Hood, 30, had 17 tackles and one assist in his only season in Washington.

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