Redskins release defensive end Ricky Jean Francois

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016 file photo, Washington Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean Francois (99) reacts after a sack during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Landover, Md. The Redskins and Cowboys both enter this Sunday's game at Washington coming off season-opening losses and hoping not to fall to 0-2 and the bottom of the NFC East. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

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 1/2 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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