Since Wednesday's start of free agency, the Redskins have signed just one player that wasn't with the team in 2016, as the team continues to stick to Scot McCloughan's plan.
As early as late January, general manager Scot McCloughan said that he did not anticipate the Washington Redskins to spend heavily in free agency.
The Redskins made sweeping cuts on Monday to free up $29.5 million in cap space, but McCloughan remained true to his approach as the free agent signing period began at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Washington moved to retain three of its players before they were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents by signing quarterback
Around the league, teams dished out money for top-tier free agents. The New York Giants signed defensive end Olivier Vernon to a five-year, $85 million contract with $52.5 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports. They also signed cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a five-year, $62.5 million contract, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and retained defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The Houston Texans shad perhaps the most surprising move of the day after they signed former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract.
Of course, there is still plenty of time for the Redskins to add via free agency, though they were comfortable waiting out the big spending that took place on Wednesday. Since that time, the team has only signed one player -- defensive end
McCoy's contract is for three years, though it can be voided by the team to two, according to a person familiar with the situation. It gives McCoy, who has played on one-year deals in the last two seasons, security in a system he is familiar with. McCoy signed for $795,000 in 2014 and returned last season for $1.5 million. He served as the backup to Cousins while Robert Griffin III was the third-string quarterback.
The Redskins gave Cousins the franchise tag and he signed the one-year contract offer, worth $19.95 million, last week. The team also released Griffin on Monday to clear $16.2 million in cap space, a move that was anticipated since Cousins was named the starter last August.
Foster joined the Redskins on Sept. 29 after he was cut by the Chicago Bears at the end of the preseason. The veteran started the final five games of the season while Perry Riley was sidelined with a broken foot. Foster recorded 37 tackles and forced a fumble.
Golston, the longest-tenured player on the Redskins' roster, is returning for his 11th season. The 32-year-old nose tackle recorded 10 tackles in 15 games while playing 18.8 percent of the team's defensive snaps.
Washington cut veteran defensive end Jason Hatcher on Monday and informed nose tackle
The team also announced the signing of strong safety
According to the NFLPA, the Redskins began the 2016 season with $21.6 million in cap room. In addition to releasing Griffin and Hatcher, the Redskins also parted ways with free safety Dashon Goldson and strong safety Jeron Johnson on Monday.
At the NFL Combine, head coach Jay Gruden indicated that the team was going to let inside linebacker
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