Colt McCoy Re-Signs with Redskins: Latest Contract Details and Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Landover, Md., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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The Washington Redskins secured some insurance for franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins on Wednesday by re-signing Colt McCoy to serve as his backup.  

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the deal, and's John Keim added it is a three-year contract that can be voided to two years. The deal is worth $9 million, with $1.8 million guaranteed, per Master Tesfatsion of The Washington Post

The Redskins have made several moves on the quarterback front this offseason, as they franchise-tagged Cousins and released Robert Griffin III.

McCoy served as Cousins' backup for almost the entire 2015 campaign, and with RGIII out of the picture, it cleared the path and ensured that he could remain in that role without any fear of getting overtaken.

When asked about his team's quarterback situation at the NFL Scouting Combine, head coach Jay Gruden discussed the importance of having more than one quality signal-caller on the roster, per Stephen Czarda of

You can never have too many good quarterbacks in your building. 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 29-year-old veteran joined Washington in 2014 and started four games that season. While he went just 1-3, he completed over 71 percent of his passes for 1,057 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

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McCoy was selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns out of Texas, and although his two-year stint as a starter was unsuccessful, he has seemingly found his niche in the league.

Cousins is the unquestioned starter—and he has certainly earned that right—but if an injury lands him on the shelf at some point in 2016, McCoy has proven capable of filling in and playing some solid football in his absence.

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