Fed Ex will remove all signage and sponsorship from the stadium if the Washington football team does not change its name. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

FedEx to remove signs from Washington's stadium if team name isn't changed

The Washington Redskins have faced backlash for years regarding their controversial name, and now one of their biggest sponsors is threatening to end their deal if the name isn't changed. 

According to The Washington Post's Liz Clarke, FedEx, who signed a $205 million stadium naming rights deal in 1999 with the Redskins, notified the team in a July 2 letter that they'll be removing all signage from the stadium after the 2020 season if they don't change their name. 

The letter from FedEx was sent to Washington the same day the company made a short statement saying they "requested" the team to change their name. This new letter states the team's name poses a risk of harming FedEx's reputation and is inconsistent with the company's commitment to inclusivity. 

Following FedEx's statement, Nike removed all Redskins merchandise from its website, and thus the announcement about a thorough review into the team name was launched. 

Washington likely will change its name, too. According to the Washington Post's Les Carpenter, the new name "could be revealed within the next two weeks."

Many people already are taking their guesses as to what Washington will call themselves if they change the name, and quarterback Dwayne Haskins supported the idea of calling the team the "Redtails," which has been widely popular among fans.

While "Redtails" is popular, it isn't included on the list of odds released by BetOnline.ag to be Washington's new team name...but some other interesting choices were on there like the "Jeffersons" and "Roosevelts."

The "Generals" also is a possible name for the team. The Harlem Globetrotters owner, who owns the right to the Washington Generals name, would love to have the Redskins purchase the rights to the name, too, so really anything can happen at this point.

Washington changed its name from the Braves to Redskins in 1933 and has been the subject of protests by Native-American groups and others for the past 40 years. Snyder has for years refused a name change despite several different court battles.

A 2019 poll of Native Americans showed that a majority found the team name offensive, according to USA Today, but Snyder originally claimed he'd "never" change the name.

Before announcing a thorough review of the team name, Washington recently removed a statue dedicated to its former owner, George Preston Marshall, at RFK Stadium and cited his racist policies of not signing black players for decades.

The team played at RFK Stadium from 1961 to 1996.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90



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Can you name every prominent quarterback in the history of the Washington Redskins?

While many quarterbacks have thrown passes for the Washington Redskins over the years, this quiz only lists the signal callers who led the team in passing yards in the years displayed. 

SCORE:
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TIME:
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1932
Honolulu Hughes
1933
Jim Musick
1934
Steve Hokuf
1935
Bill Shepherd
1936
Eddie Britt
1937-1938
Sammy Baugh
1939
Frank Filchock
1940-1943
Sammy Baugh
1944
Frank Filchock
1945-1951
Sammy Baugh
1952-1953
David LeBaron
1954
Al Dorow
1955
David LeBaron
1956
Al Dorow
1957-1959
David LeBaron
1960
Ralph Guglielmi
1961-1963
Norm Snead
1964-1970
Sonny Jurgensen
1971-1977
Billy Kilmer
1978-1985
Joe Thiesmann
1986-1987
Jay Schroeder
1988
Doug Williams
1989-1993
Mark Rypien
1994
Heath Shuler
1995-1997
Gus Frerotte
1998
Trent Green
1999-2000
Brad Johnson
2001
Tony Banks
2002-2004
Patrick Ramsey
2005-2006
Mark Brunell
2007-2009
Jason Campbell
2010
Donovan McNabb
2011
Rex Grossman
2012-2013
Robert Griffin III
2014-2017
Kirk Cousins
2018
Alex Smith
2019
Case Keenum

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