Free agent defensive tackle A.J. Francis was happy to sign with the New York Giants recently, not only because he can continue his NFL career, but also because it means he's finished as a member of the Washington Redskins – a team he thinks has a racist logo.
Despite growing up in the Washington area and attending nearby Maryland, the 6ft5, 330-pound run stuffer boasted about his exit on Instagram, posting a picture of himself laughing in an Argentinian soccer jersey. Another slide showed Francis laughing in the locker room at the Giants' practice facility.
'When the team you were on didn't appreciate you but the team you played against actually pays attention to the film,' he wrote, followed by several hashtags – such as '#AndYourLogoIsRacist' – and the dates of the upcoming season's two games between the Redskins and Giants.
In one of his pictures, Francis is seen laughing in the Giants' practice facility locker room
Another slide showed Francis laughing to himself in an Argentinian soccer jersey
A fringe player in the NFL, Francis appeared in only six games for Washington over two seasons, recording 18 total tackles.
He previously played for the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks.
Not only are the Redskins and Giants divisional rivals, but several notable players have split time between the two franchises, such as Pro Bowl linebackers Sam Huff and Antonio Pierce. And after the cantankerous Dan Snyder bought the Redskins in 1999, one secretary even made the move to East Rutherford, N.J., where the Giants practice and play their home games. (According to the Washington Post, 142 non-football operations staffers left the Redskins between 2008 and 2013 for various reasons).
While Francis was never obligated to sign with the Redskins in 2016, it is worth remembering that free agents have little or no say over which teams offer them contracts.
Francis played two seasons for the Redskins, appearing in six games and recording 18 tackles
Francis celebrates after a play in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in 2017
The Redskins' logo has been a point of contention between fans, Snyder, and Native American groups for some time.
Even after the Cleveland Indians announced they were retiring controversial mascot Chief Wahoo, Snyder ignored pleas from Native American advocacy organizations that believe the name and logo are racist.
Dan Snyder bought the Redskins in 1999 and has steadfastly refused to change the franchise name, which dates back to 1932
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN Radio in January, 'I don't see him changing that perspective.'
The Indians began using Chief Wahoo as the team logo beginning in 1947, but after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan discussed the issue extensively in recent years, it was decided to