The Redskins appear to be in full-blown turmoil as they approach a very critical time of the year.
We know that general manager Scot McCloughan missed at least the start of the combine and it appears that he will miss the entire event. There are reports by 106.7 The Fan, denied by McCloughan and others, that McCloughan has been absent from Redskins Park since February 20. All of this is on the heels of reports that the power of Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen is on the rise while McCloughan’s authority is shrinking.
The perception is that the franchise is in disarray. And when it comes to players who are evaluating whether to continue being employed by the Redskins and prospective free agents from other teams who might want to come to Washington, perception is reality.
How is Kirk Cousins, who has about four months to decide whether he wants to remain with the Redskins for the long term, perceiving this? He has been with the organization for five years and there was turmoil in the beginning with the Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan battles and now there appear to be more problems brewing now. Why would he be excited about signing up for more of this?
Regarding Cousins, it should be noted that the team said to be most interested in acquiring him, the 49ers, haven’t been the model of consistency lately. Kyle Shanahan is the team’s fourth head coach in the last four seasons and they hired a TV analyst with zero front office experience to be the GM. Should he decide to leave for San Francisco, Cousins could be jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Back to the big picture, are Pierre Garçon and Chris Baker looking at this and shaking their heads? Do they want to sign up for three or four more years of this? Can they have confidence that the front office can assemble a winner so they have a shot at some success?
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And you have to wonder what potential free agent targets from other teams are thinking about all of this. Getting a player to come on board is a sales job and having a functional, stable organization can be a major selling point. If you don’t have one you need to hope that’s not high on the player’s list. The team can contact agents for players starting Tuesday morning. The team can arrange for visits and talk to players on the phone a week from today. You have to think that they will have questions about who is in charge. Will the Redskins have to pay a dysfunction premium on contracts to get players to come to Washington?