John Keim of ESPN, citing multiple sources, reports that GM Scot McCloughan is no longer involved in the Redskins’ decision-making process and his future with the organization remains in question.
A source with intimate knowledge of McCloughan’s situation tells Keim that his agent, Peter Schaffer, was met with the Redskins on Wednesday to discuss the situation.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, citing league sources and people who have been in contact with the Redskins’ front office, reports that the team’s brass has been entertaining new options at general manager for quite some time.
La Canfora adds that the Redskins have had internal discussions about the next GM and have essentially have begun the process of replacing GM Scot McCloughan.
La Canfora mentions that former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik has already surfaced as a potential candidate for the job, given that he previously worked with Bruce Allen. However, La Canfora isn’t sure that they will go with Dominik and wonders if Alex Santos could be someone they consider.
Several sources have told La Canfora that McCloughan is not in rehab and has not been in rehab during the time he’s been away from the team.
Liz Clarke and Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported yesterday that McCloughan is not at the Redskins’ facility for the start of negotiations with free agents.
Redskins VP of communications Tony Wyllie was asked about McCloughan’s absence today but responded by saying: “We’re busy with free agency.”
This comes after McCloughan wasn’t with the team at the Scouting Combine. The team said he was attending to a death in the family and would return to the team at some point, but these are two of the most important events for someone in his position.
Rumors have been circulating that McCloughan is done in Washington and it’s just a matter of time before he’s fired and situations like this do little to dispell this notion.
McCloughan, 45, began his executive career with the Packers as a regional scout back in in 1994. He later took over as the Seahawks director of college scouting in 2000 before being hired as the 49ers VP of player personnel in 2005.
San Francisco promoted McCloughan to GM in 2008, but he lasted just two years in the position before the two parties mutually agreed to part ways. It was later revealed that McCloughan had been dealing with personal issues with alcoholism.
McCloughan returned to Seattle and spent three years with the Seahawks before the Redskins hired him as GM in 2015.
Since taking over the Redskins, McCloughan’s team has produced a record of 17-14-1, which includes one playoff appearance.
We’ll have more regarding McCloughan as the news is available.