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Jon Jansen No Longer a Redskin

After 10 years of service to the Redskins, Jon Jansen has been released. It’s the end of an era for Washington’s o-line. So long Jon, and may your ice bath of life always overfloweth with big-balled, hairy linemen.

 And now, some quotes from Dan Snyder:

“This morning, Coach [Jim] Zorn, Vinny Cerrato and I met with Jon. I’ve developed a close relationship with Jon and his family over the last 10 years and I have the utmost respect for him as a person and a player. He has been an important part of our organization for the past decade. We wish Jon and his family the very best.”

And Coach Zorn:

“We really admire Jon and the example that he set as a team leader both on and off the field. He is a professional who was a valuable part of this franchise for a long time. Jon worked hard, laid it on the line each week and on many occasions played with injuries. Though we have elected to move in another direction, we appreciate Jon’s commitment, leadership and dedication to the Redskins organization.”

Jon Jansen was 33 years old when he left us. His right tackle position will be survived by Stephon Heyer and Mike Williams.

UPDATE: RI has the details regarding how the release came to be. This part is of particular interest:

Once the coaches came to a consensus, Zorn said he took his recommendation to owner Daniel Snyder. “How do you release a guy like this?” Zorn said. “And Mr. Snyder said, ‘Let’s do it as right as we can.’ The right way to do it is talk to him face to face.”

With that, Snyder sent his plane to pick up Jansen, who makes his offseason home in Michigan. Zorn and Jansen met this morning.

So, Snyder flew Jansen to Redskins Park from Michigan just so Zorn could tell him he’s being cut? I’d like to formally question whether or not that was the “right way” to do it. A simple phone call probably would’ve sufficed. And wasted much less of the man’s time.

Former Managing Editor at UPROXX; former Senior Editor at @SBNation; former ska-zine editor, fan of bad sports teams and good beer.



  1. tark

    May 29, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Disagree. You let go of, layoff, or fire any man face to face. It’s the decent thing to do, and shows respect.

  2. Chris Mottram

    May 29, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    OK, then maybe I’m not a man. But if, for example, my employer who is based in DC was going to fire me, I’d much prefer they call me instead of flying me up from Charlotte just to lay me off.

  3. Jamie Mottram

    May 29, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    He was good.

  4. ben

    May 29, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Ah, a real shame. I suspect Jansen is the first in the line of several of the vets of the past decade or so who we all thought deserved a shot at a ring, but never got a chance. He’s still a quality backup, but it’s time to give the young’uns a shot.

  5. Victor

    June 1, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    IMO, the both of you are half-right. A one- or two-year man can be fired over the phone. But a multi-year institution–Snyder & Zorn should have flown out to *him*.

    And I admit I’m curious about what the charge-them-for-the-air-they’re-breathing skinflint Snyder did afterward. Did he fly him back on the jet? Give him bus fare? Shake his hand and wish him luck?

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