Mike Shanahan said yesterday that there are 15 players left on the roster from when he took over the team in January of 2010. That total includes Anthony Armstrong, who was on the Redskins practice squad prior to Shanahans arrival, and Chris Wilson, who was with the team from 2007-2010. Wilson did not play in the NFL in 2011 and was re-signed by the Redskins last month.Two additional players, cornerback Leigh Torrence and fullback Darrel Young, were associated with the Redskins pre-Shanahan. Torrence played in Washington from 2006-2008 before being released. Young spent some time on the Redskins practice squad in 2009.Of the 15, nine play on defense, five play on offense, and Graham Gano is a specialist.Seven of the players, Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Cooley, Reed Doughty, London Fletcher, Kedric Golston, Santana Moss, and Chris Wilson, where with the team when Joe Gibbs left as head coach following the 2007 season.The number of players who started prior Shanahans arrival could be cut in half by the time the season starts. Some eight of the 15 are on the bubble to varying degrees when it comes to making the final 53-man roster.Lorenzo AlexanderAnthony Armstrong (PS)Kevin BarnesChris CooleyFred DavisReed DoughtyLondon FletcherGraham GanoKedric GolstonDeAngelo HallRob JacksonWill MontgomerySantana MossBrian OrakpoChris Wilson
Kirk Cousins will be the Redskins quarterback in 2017. Period. At least that's the word from team president Bruce Allen.
"That's why we franchised him," Allen said of Cousins.
Asked about numerous trade rumors and reports on the Redskins single season passing record holder, Allen dismissed them all.
"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."
Allen has spoken with Cousins representatives a number of times this offseason, and the organization still wants to get a long-term deal done with their passer.
"Our goal from the beginning has been long-term," the team president said. "I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."
The team could again use a tag on Cousins, an option Allen mentioned.
PHOENIX -- The Redskins suffered a public divorce when the team dismissed Scot McCloughan from his general manager position earlier this month. Bruce Allen, speaking with CSN in Phoenix at the NFL Owner's Meetings, explained just how hard the decision was.
"It was difficult because his father and brother and I worked together for a number of years with the Raiders and enjoyed success together. When I brought [Scot McCloughan] to the Redskins obvisouly I was hoping for a good marriage. It is disapointing."
Allen said his organization needed clarity once free agency opened up, and removing McCloughan provided that.
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"I thought on the first day of the league year [March 9], the free agents we were bringing in, we needed clarity. And for our scouts to continue the good work we were doing we needed clarity for the season," he said. "The opening day made the decision."
Interstingly, Allen unequiovocally explained that McCloughan can go work elsewhere in the NFL.
"We hope it works out for Scot because now he can be hired by teams before the draft. He's available, and wish him the best."
Allen would not comment on any personal issues with McCloughan.
"I would never go into the personal conversations."
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