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Report: Colt McCoy Will Return as Redskins Backup QB

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The Redskins will bring back Colt McCoy to backup Kirk Cousins this season.

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There was speculation that Colt McCoy would test the market, possibly ending up with the Dallas Cowboys, but he will return for a third season as a backup in Washington.  McCoy was originally signed by the Redskins in 2014, Jay Gruden's first season as head coach, to a vet minimum contract. McCoy played in 5 games, starting 4 that year when Washington was using their patented QB carousel due to injury and ineffective play from Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.

Last season, McCoy re-signed on a 1 year, $1.375 million deal to continue to compete at QB. Robert Griffin III was the presumed starter going into the preseason, but lost the job to Kirk Cousins who went on to start all 16 regular season games.  McCoy saw some action in the final, meaningless game against the Cowboys, while RGIII didn't see a snap all season. Griffin was officially released on Monday, and McCoy will now return for another season to back up franchise QB Kirk Cousins.

Terms of the new deal have not been disclosed.

[UPDATE: The deal is for 3 years]