The Washington Redskins officially waived DT A.J. Francis on Saturday and activated C Kory Lichtensteiger from injured reserve.
Lichtensteiger, 31, is a former fourth-round pick of the Broncos back in 2008. He lasted just over a year in Denver before he was waived and later claimed by the Redskins.
Lichtensteiger is in the fourth year of his five-year, $17.5 million contract that included a $2.75 million signing bonus. He was set to make a base salary of $3.5 million for the 2016 season before agreeing to a pay cut at the start of the season.
The Redskins placed him on injured reserve a few weeks into the regular season before designating him to return earlier in the week.
This year, Lichtensteiger has appeared in three games for the Redskins. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 16 center out of 34 qualifying players.
Francis, 26, signed on with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland back in 2013. He was unable to make the 53-man roster during his rookie year and was waived at the start of the season.
After brief stints wit the Patriots, Dolphins and Seahawks, Francis signed on with the Buccaneers a few weeks after this year’s NFL Draft. However, he was among their final roster cuts coming out of the preseason.
Washington later signed Francis to their practice squad and promoted him to the 53-man roster in recent weeks. He will be eligible to be re-signed to the practice squad once he clears waivers.
In 2015, Francis appeared in three games and recorded two total tackles while playing for the Dolphins and Seahawks.