Now that free agency and the draft are in the rearview, Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan is eager to check the next major item off his to-do list: picking a starting quarterback.
And from the sounds of it, Robert Griffin III will start with a comfortable lead on the competition as the team’s offseason program ramps up.
“I’m very, very excited about seeing him,” McCloughan said on ESPN 980’s The Sports Fix on Thursday. “[Getting] my eyes on him at practice and the preseason and going forward into games.”
“They’re hard to find,” McCloughan added, referring to quality starting quarterbacks. “For a guy to walk in this league and be rookie and get rookie of the year on the offensive side and win the division is few and far between [in] the history of the NFL. I’m very excited about it. All I see is positives going forward. Now there’s going to be some setbacks along the way, but I’m looking for him staying healthy and I’m looking forward to him being a really good player for the Redskins.”
Asked by host Kevin Sheehan if there was any concern about exercising the fifth-year option on Griffin’s contract given the 25-year-old’s injury history, McCloughan said there was none. The $16 million option for 2016 is guaranteed for injury.
“No,” McCloughan said. “The reward vs. the risk was much huger.”
McCloughan did, however, decline to give a percent chance that Griffin will be the Redskins’ starter Week 1 against Miami.
“I can’t do percentages; that’s not my style,” McCloughan said. “But I look forward to him walking out there Day 1 when we start OTAs and taking control and proving to me and proving to this organization that he’s The Guy. And you know what? Let them battle. Because Kirk [Cousins] is talented and Colt [McCoy] is talented. Let them compete their tails off and see what happens.”