The Redskins are renewing their insurance policy.
Backup quarterback Colt McCoy will return to the team according to multiple reports.
McCoy, 29, has been with the Redskins for the last two years, mostly as the backup and occasionally as the starter. The team has been working to get him to return for a while but there was plenty of talk that he would at least explore his options elsewhere.
With Kirk Cousins breaking team records at quarterback in 2015 McCoy played little, seeing significant action only in the meaningless season finale against the Cowboys.
But in 2014, Gruden turned to McCoy when Robert Griffin III was injured and ineffective and Cousins was throwing too many interceptions. He started four games that season, completing 91 of 128 passes for 1,057 yards and four touchdowns and posting a passer rating of 96.4.
His most memorable start of the season came against the Cowboys when he passed for 299 yards to lead the Redskins to a Monday night upset win in Dallas. McCoy returned to the bench when Griffin healed from an ankle injury but Jay Gruden was unhappy with Griffin’s play and McCoy was reinstalled as the starter. After three winless starts, McCoy suffered a neck injury and was put on injured reserve.
In his six years in the NFL he also played for the Browns, who drafted him in the third round in 2010, and 49ers. He has started 25 games and has completed 508 of 842 passes for 5,586 yards with 26 touchdowns and 23 interceptions and a passer rating of 78.9.
Update: According to multiple reports McCoy has agreed to a three-year contract with the final year voidable.