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McCloughan would like Redskins to have 10 or more draft picks


McCloughan would like Redskins to have 10 or more draft picks

Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan wants to get some more draft picks to help him rebuild a team that has won a combined seven games in the last two seasons.

“We’d love to get more picks in this draft,” McCloughan said at the team’s pre-draft press conference at Redskins Park. “We have our seven originals right now, I’d love to get 10-plus out of this thing.”

The Redskins have the fifth pick in the draft and that is the one that could yield the most in return, although trading back picks later in the draft is a possibility.

McCloughan would prefer to have teams calling him to make deals rather than calling around to try to sell the pick.

“A lot of times when they’re calling us to move up to our spot and we’re moving back, we have the leverage,” he said.

If he gets offers for a pick he will then consult his draft board and see how far the Redskins can move back and still get a good player.

“The last thing you want to do is take yourself out of a really good football player,” said McCloughan, preparing for his first draft as GM of the Redskins. “You get too cute with yourself and move back too far and all of a sudden, I’ve got 10-15 guys who I want to pinpoint, who I think can come in on the first day and start. You go too far back and you lose out on some of those guys. So you’ve got to be careful.”

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There is no strict formula for making a decision. “A lot of it is gut but we’ve done a lot of preparation for this,” he said. “Our board is almost completely set, next few afternoons with coaches it will be set.”

While McCloughan would very much like to increase his cache of draft picks he’s not going to made a deal just for the sake of making on. It has to make sense for the team.

“You’re not going to do it just to do it,” he said.

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.