Chris Baker forgives, but he doesn't forget.
"It was really hurtful learning that the Redskins didn't really offer me a contract," Baker said on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Friday, "being that I was one of their best defensive linemen on their team for the last couple of years and really worked my way up from the practice squad to being one of the best linemen. And for them not to offer me was very hurtful, but I understand it's a business and I'm very happy to move forward with the Buccaneers and I think I really have a bright future there."
Baker hasn't been shy about expressing his discontent with how things ended with the Redskins. The tackle tweeted this directed message immediately after his deal was announced.
I'll definitely miss all my teammates and fans but understand the @Redskins didn't want me back as crazy as that sounds but I love y'all âï¿½ï¿½â Chris Baker (@cbakerswaggy) March 9, 2017
That Baker, a proven undrafted free agent and Washington's most effective lineman last season, wasn't offered a contract in free agency, with a hometown discount at the very least, would be surprising if he was negotiating with any other franchise. But with the Redskins' front office the mess that it is, sans Scot McCloughan and a semblance of a plan, 'Skins supporters should hardly be shocked that their brass let a top defensive weapon walk.
Let's hope Baker channels his inner Corleone over time and reconciles that his exit wasn't personal; it was strictly bad business.
In the meantime, Baker can anchor the defensive line of a young and playoff-hungry Bucs team, one that has a far brighter future than the organization he left behind by the Potomac.