“When the team you were on didn’t appreciate you but the team you played against actually pays attention to the film …” Francis captioned a photo of himself laughing on Wednesday. Francis also added several hashtags, including #NewBeginnings, #October28th and #December9th (the dates of this year’s Redskins-Giants games) and, the real kicker, #AndYourLogoIsRacist.
Francis, who signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland in 2013, bounced between the Redskins’ practice squad and active roster over the past two years and made 18 tackles while appearing in Washington’s final six games last season. On Wednesday’s episode of “Jobbing Out,” the weekly wrestling podcast he hosts with PressBoxOnline’s Glenn Clark and The Team 980’s Aaron Oster, Francis explained that his release on Monday came as a surprise, and criticized the front office for how it handled his release.
“Last Thursday, the day the draft was going to start, I had a meeting with Jim Tomsula, who is one of the best D-line coaches in the history of the league,” Francis said. “He told me that going into OTAs, that he thought I should be the starting nose [tackle]. I balled out.”
On Monday, Francis said he got a call from Redskins director of pro personnel Alex Santos and braced for bad news.
“He’s never once called me for a good thing, ever in his life,” Francis said of Santos. “He barely ever talked to me walking past me in the hallway. And he called me to tell me that they were releasing me. I never got to meet with Bruce Allen, because why would they want to meet with the guy that they’re cutting, other than it’s just common courtesy and respect? I got to shake Doug Williams’s hand — not even eye-to-eye, like walking by. He said, ‘Thanks.’ That whole situation was bungled. That whole situation was terrible. I am so grateful that I’m out of there, because they don’t care about the film. They don’t care about who can actually play football. They only care about themselves.”
The Redskins signed Francis and promoted him to the active roster after placing rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen on injured reserve last October. Francis made his Redskins regular season debut in a 20-10 win over the Giants on Thanksgiving and appeared in each of the next five games. He made a season-high six tackles in the season finale, which was also against the Giants.
“Because we played [the Giants] the last game of the season, for their scouting report, they had to watch every game in between that Thanksgiving game and that other game,” Francis said. “The Redskins cut me on Monday, the Giants flew me up on Tuesday, they signed me on Wednesday, because they actually watch film.”
Francis, who turns 28 next week, once said he would consider giving a pro wrestling career a shot if he stopped playing football before age 30, and that his wrestling persona would be based in part on Deion Sanders. He could cut a heck of a promo if that happens, but for now, he’s out to show the Redskins they made a mistake by cutting him.
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