INDIANAPOLIS—Although the Redskins’ focus right now is getting their starting quarterback under contract, they’ll need to secure a backup for 2016, as well.
And it sounds like Coach Jay Gruden wants that player to be Colt McCoy, again.
“He’s a good quarterback,” Gruden said Wednesday at the NFL Combine. “You can never have too many good quarterbacks in your building. We said that when we had three last year. Obviously, we probably won’t have that luxury this year. But you’ve got to have two, at least.”
McCoy is an unrestricted free agent after playing on a one-year $1.5 million deal last season.
The 29-year-old didn’t see much playing time in 2015. In fact, he took only 46 snaps spread over two games. But in 2014, McCoy came off the bench to rally the Redskins to a win over Tennessee and finished 1-3 as a starter, with a big win in Dallas on Monday Night Football.
“It’s a very physical game and quarterbacks have been lost for long periods of time, short periods of time,” Gruden said. “You need another one to come in and compete and do well. And Colt’s a guy that can do that and proven he can do that.”
Right now, the Redskins have a lot of uncertainty at the game’s most important position. The team is exchanging proposals with Kirk Cousins’ camp in the hopes of hammering out a long-term deal. Robert Griffin III is under contract but expected to be released prior to March 9. And, of course, there’s McCoy, who has played the past two seasons in Washington on one-year pacts.
Assuming Cousins and McCoy are re-signed, the Redskins still won’t be done at quarterback. They’d like to add at least one more passer—perhaps a draft pick or developmental player to stash on the practice squad.
“Yeah, we're going to have to get somebody somewhere,” Gruden cracked. “We're going to have to come into training camp with four. Definitely three, and go from there. We've got a lot of question marks at the quarterback position for sure. That's something [GM Scot McCloughan, capologist Eric Schaffer and team president Bruce Allen and staff], we're all working on fixing.”