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Redskins Re-Sign Quarterback Colt McCoy

Posted Mar 9, 2016

The day he was going to hit the market as a free agent, the Redskins have re-signed backup quarterback Colt McCoy.

The day he was going to hit the market as a free agent, the Redskins have re-signed backup quarterback Colt McCoy.

The Washington Redskins are bringing Colt McCoy back.

The Redskins announced on Wednesay that they have agreed to new terms to have McCoy back in Washington for at least a third season in 2016.

McCoy has spent the past two seasons with the Redskins on one-year deals, completing 98 passes for 1,185 yards and five touchdowns to three interceptions in seven appearances over that span.

Two of his three best games with the Redskins to date have come against the Dallas Cowboys, as McCoy led Washington to an upset overtime win in 2014, and then got extended action against the NFC East foes in the final week of the 2015 season, throwing a 77-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Ross in another victory.

McCoy’s first regular season action with the Redskins came in Week 7 of the 2014 season, as he replaced Kirk Cousins in the lineup at halftime of a game against the Tennessee Titans.

Despite being his first extended game action in more than three years, McCoy looked sharp coming off the bench, as he completed 11-of-12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon in a last second victory.

With Cousins back as the team’s starting quarterback after signing his franchise tender last week, McCoy gives the Redskins a veteran backup in case of emergency.

“You can never have too many good quarterbacks in your building,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said at the NFL Combine. “We’ve said that when we had three last year. Obviously, we probably won’t have that luxury this year. But you’ve got to have two at least. It’s a very physical game and quarterbacks have been lost for long periods of time, short periods of time. You need another one to come in and compete and do well. And Colt’s a guy that can do that and proven he can do that.”

The Redskins have carried three quarterbacks in each of Jay Gruden’s first two seasons as head coach, along with Robert Griffin III. But he was part of a group of veterans released by the team on Monday.

While Washington appears ready to move forward with just Cousins and McCoy for the time being, the team could also search for an additional quarterback in either free agency or the draft.

Cousins was the last quarterback taken in the draft by the Redskins with the No. 102 pick in 2012.

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