Washington has re-signed quarterback Colt McCoy, according to a person with knowledge of the situation — a move that, at least for now, means the team will return all three quarterbacks from Coach Jay Gruden’s 4-12 inaugural campaign.
McCoy, 28, started the 2014 season third on Washington’s depth chart but led the team to its only victory of consequence, a 20-17 toppling of the Cowboys in Dallas on Monday Night Football.
Both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins remain under contract and are entering their fourth season in Washington. McCoy, a Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2008, had been brought in on a one-year deal last year and was a free agent this offseason.
Based on McCoy’s steady play in the pocket, and the shaky performance of Griffin, Gruden reinstated McCoy as the team’s starter in November. He likely would have finished the season atop the depth chart had it not been for a neck injury that relegated him to the injured reserve list.
McCoy finished the season with a quarterback rating of 96.4, based on his performance in five games.
Gruden said at the close of the season that Washington would hold an open competition for the starting job this spring. But in February, at the NFL Combine, the coach announced a reversal of course and named Griffin the starter heading into the 2015 season.
While a dutiful backup, Cousins, 26, is believed to welcome a trade to a team that would give him a legitimate shot at a starting job. But his rash of interceptions, with his nine picks offsetting 10 touchdown throws — no doubt hurt his trade value. Redskins President Bruce Allen said last Tuesday, speaking on 106.7 FM, that he hadn’t fielded any inquiries for Cousins.
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