Will the Redskins wake up one morning in the next week or two and find themselves without a backup for quarterback Kirk Cousins?
It certainly seems possible. The team waived Robert Griffin III on Monday, a move that has been anticipated ever since Jay Gruden moved him from starter to third string last August. He wasn’t going to stay around as a backup even if his contract didn’t call for him to make $16.1 million this season.
While Griffin hasn’t been in their plans for about six months now, the Redskins have been hoping to be able to keep Colt McCoy, who has been a backup with the team for two seasons. But that is no sure thing.
One place McCoy might go is back to his home state. He was one of the best players in the history of the University of Texas. The Cowboys are in the market for a backup to Tony Romo and McCoy just might be a good fit.
The conventional wisdom has been, of course, that Griffin, who starred at Baylor, would be the Redskins backup going to the Cowboys. But as we get closer to time for the Cowboys to sign someone, analysts in Dallas and elsewhere are starting to think that Griffin might not be a good fit there.
“Although the Cowboys have been linked to Griffin and [Browns QB Johnny] Manziel in national reports, Dallas is more likely to pursue Texas prep products Colt McCoy or Chase Daniel in free agency as a veteran backup for Tony Romo,” wrote Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.
McCoy might like to stay in Washington but he knows that the Redskins are going to give Cousins every chance to establish himself as the franchise quarterback. He won’t be benched and, although any player can get injured, he has proved to be remarkably durable throughout his career. McCoy’s chances of playing any significant snaps in Washington are low.
So entering his age 30 season, McCoy has to decide if the wants to stay or if he wants to join his fourth team in what will be his seventh NFL season and find a place where he has a better chance of playing. That may or may not be in Dallas, where Romo is the unquestioned starter and will remain so for the next two to four years. But he does tend to get bitten by the injury bug so maybe there will be some snaps for McCoy.
He is not going to go in anywhere and be the instant starter but there are places, perhaps many places, where the chances of him playing are greater. The Redskins will be very interested in what he decides to do.