LANDOVER – After a tumultuous series of events over the past week, the Washington Redskins organization is trying to find some stability during the offseason.
After failing to attend the NFL Combine, now former Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan did not to report to the workouts and remained missing in action from his duties at Redskins Park.
Washington President Bruce Allen swiftly took action and fired McCloughan after two years of service amid unconfirmed rumors of McCloughan drinking on the job and having issues with alcoholism. However, nothing can be confirmed other than some backroom chatter that was reported by Washington Post reporter Mike Jones.
“Was told late in the season of jealousy up top and how they'd one day use McCloughan’s drinking as an excuse to can him. Exactly what happened,” stated Jones via Twitter.
Allen made a statement after the firing, insisting that he wishes McCloughan the best in his future endeavors.
“The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately,” Allen said. “We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.”
Washington relinquished two years of McCloughan's four-year contract while deciding to extend Head Coach Jay Gruden's contract for two more years.
In addition, quarterback Kirk Cousins finally signed his franchise tender, but did express his anger with not reaching an agreement on a long-term deal. Still, unnamed sources in Cousin's camp said he would not re-sign long term as long as Allen remained the president.
Despite having a rocky start in the offseason and uncertainty looming over the future for the Redskins, Washington signed former Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, Sr. to a one-year deal. Pryor was the focal point of the Browns’ offensive attack a year ago after he converted from quarterback to wide receiver. He started 15 games last season and accounted for 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown on eight attempts as well.
To maintain some stability on the offensive front, the Redskins re-signed University of Maryland alumnus tight end Vernon Davis. Davis appeared in every regular season game last year and hauled in 44 receptions for 583 yards and two touchdowns as Cousins' security blanket.
The Redskins also signed three unrestricted free agents to shore up the defensive unit. Washington brought in defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee, and safety D.J. Swearinger. Swearinger highlights the group, where he posted career highs in Arizona a season ago in tackles (56), passes defensed (eight), tackles for loss (five), interceptions (three) and sacks (two).
McClain and McGee will provide veteran leadership on the defensive front as they look to make an impact on a unit that has been struggling to get to the quarterback. As the free agency period resumes, Washington will still be in the mix to wheel and deal, as well as hoping to make a splash in the NFL Draft in April.