Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen was not scheduled to speak to reporters today, but took some time to answer a few questions and make some statements regarding the team's plans. New Head Coach Jay Gruden is scheduled to speak at the Combine today at 3:15PM.
The Redskins are not actively trying to trade Kirk Cousins or other players:
Allen tells the other GMs you call me, I won't be calling you. Adam Schefter reported earlier today that the Redskins do not have plans to trade Kirk Cousins this year, and Allen seems to be "confirming" this.
Redskins have no plans nor interest in trading QB Kirk Cousins, per league sources. He's not going anywhere.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 21, 2014
Bruce Allen says they are not shopping Kirk Cousins. Any trade talk...just rumors. #Redskins— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) February 21, 2014
Asked about trading Cousins, Allen says he hasn't called other teams about trading any players. Hasn't heard from any teams, either.— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) February 21, 2014
Allen plans to meet with Brian Orakpo's agent at the Combine:
Negotiations continue with Rak's agent, and they will try to get closer to a long term deal to avoid using the franchise tag.
Allen will be meeting with Orakpo's representatives in the coming days. The franchise tag remains an option at this point.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) February 21, 2014
Complicating the Orakpo negotiations, Allen said, is the fact that the #Redskins have many UFAs to re-sign and other holes to fill.— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) February 21, 2014
Allen also says he expects to hear some ideas/get a proposal from Brian Orakpo's agent in next couple of days. "We like Brian," Allen said.— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) February 21, 2014
DeAngelo Hall was rewarded for his loyalty to the team:
Allen said that DeAneglo expressed his desire to remain with the team to help them become a winning franchise. His loyalty was rewarded with a new deal that they felt was fair to the team and Hall.
Allen said signing Hall was important because of loyalty. Over the last year Hall had made it clear he wanted to stay with the #Redskins.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) February 21, 2014
Allen doesn't think this year's draft is as deep as other GM's are saying:
Bruce stated that every draft has their gems, but the overall talent may be overstated by some others. Also notes that Doug Williams will be sitting in on player meetings this weekend.
Even though a few GMs said yesterday this is one of the deeper drafts in years, Allen doesn't necessarily agree. There are gems each year.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) February 21, 2014
Bruce Allen says Doug Williams will sit in on all player meetings in Indy. Allen notes DW still has a good feel for current college talent.— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) February 21, 2014
Bruce Allen says theres no position the Redskins don't need right now. They are looking to fill all areas.— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) February 21, 2014
He is disappointed in the Fred Davis situation:
The team is not allowed to talk with Davis due to his suspension, but Allen said he was disappointed.
#Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the situation with Fred Davis is "disappointing," but he cannot comment on his suspension.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) February 21, 2014
Allen called Davis a "resilient guy" and said he had no doubt Davis will be able to bounce back.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) February 21, 2014