It's pretty incredible what can happen in the span a week. We went from Dan Snyder and his Washington franchise conducting an internal review on its team name to companies pulling apparel off their shelves and powerful stakeholders raising their voices in hopes of change. It now appears more evident than ever that Washington will indeed change its team name, but what will that look like? Will Washington keep its burgundy and gold? On Wednesday, two key developments surfaced regarding Washington's name change.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Washington is planning to have no Native American imagery, per a league source. This is probably one of the most obvious developments -- since the team name is considered an offensive slur. Either way, Washington will be moving away from anything even relating to Native Americans, whether it be weapons or headdresses/feathers.
Not long after Schefter's update, ESPN's John Keim reported that Washington plans to keep its colors of burgundy and gold "as of now."
One option that could be a nice fit is one that quarterback Dwayne Haskins is in support of: The Redtails. This name has an intriguing history as the Red Tails are a tribute to the planes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first Black military aviators that served in the United States Army during World War II. Three of the first five admitted airmen were from Washington, serving as a connection to the city and the armed forces.
Several companies have ceased selling Washington merchandise as the pressure to change the team name builds. Recently, CBS Sports NFL writer Jared Dubin created a list of possible name options for Washington. Washington would not become the first NFL franchise to change names; far from it, actually, as more than a fourth of NFL teams have overseen a name change during the league's first 100 years.