Colt McCoy stays in Washington

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Colt McCoy will remain in Washington to back up Kirk Cousins.

McCoy, the veteran backup quarterback who was slated to become a free agent today, has instead re-signed with Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The team’s three-ring circus at the quarterback position in 2014 ended up with McCoy actually out-playing both Cousins and Robert Griffin III. But last year it was Cousins who got the nod, and with a nearly $20 million salary this year, Cousins will obviously remain the starter. McCoy will back him up, while Griffin will look for work elsewhere.

McCoy’s decision to sign with Washington strongly suggests that no team showed any interest in letting him compete for a starting job. He’s a backup, but as a backup who has shown he can play well in coach Jay Gruden’s offense, he’ll be a valuable player in Washington.