Liz Clarke and Mike Jones of the Washington Post are reporting that Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is not at the Redskins’ facility on Tuesday 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.