Washington GM On Free Agency, RG3, Cousins

A look at the latest out of the nation’s capital:

  • In Scot McCloughan‘s first offseason as GM in Washington, he signed five free agents to fairly modest contracts. He says that fans should expect more of the same this spring. “I think we’ll have a little bit of money but it’s going to be similar,” he said, according to Rich Tandler of CSNMidAtlantic.com. “We’re not going to be big players. I don’t believe in that.” Any free agent the team does sign, he says, will have to be in the team-first mold. Last season, nose tackle Terrance Knighton was the only 2015 free agent to start more than six games for Washington.
  • Washington will almost certainly release Robert Griffin III from his contract, but the team’s GM won’t tip his hand on the quarterback’s future, as JP Finlay of CSNMidAtlantic writes. “We have until March 9th,” McCloughan said when asked what will happen next with the Baylor product. McCloughan’s answer indicates that Griffin will not be cut until we get closer to the start of free agency.
  • When it comes to retaining Kirk Cousins, all options are on the table, and that includes the franchise tag, as Finlay writes. “It’s an option,” the general manager said of the tag. “Of course you’d rather not.” Placing the franchise tag on Cousins would cost Washington a one-year guaranteed contract worth at least $19MM.
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