For many years after Dan Snyder bought the team, the Redskins regularly dove into the free agent market with big money and came out with big names.
That didn’t serve them very well on the field or in the standings, however, and it’s not something General Manager Scot McCloughan did in his first offseason with the team. The Redskins signed a handful of free agents, none of whom made anyone recall the moves that brought players like Albert Haynesworth, Jeremiah Trotter, Deion Sanders or Adam Archuleta to Washington.
McCloughan said Wednesday that he doesn’t expect things to be any different this offseason.
“I think we’ll have a little bit of money but it’s going to be similar,” McCloughan said, via CSNMidAtlantic.com. “We’re not going to be big players. I don’t believe in that.”
However they approach players from other teams, the biggest issue for the team this offseason will be working out a deal with quarterback Kirk Cousins. McCloughan said Wednesday that the franchise tag is something the team will use to hold onto Cousins, although they’d prefer not to go that route.