Remember when the Redskins were rumored to be interested in drafting QB Jimmy Clausen in the 2010 draft? Man those were scary times(almost as scary as trading multiple draft picks to a division rival for an obviously spent QB). Now 6 years later, Clausen has washed out as a starting QB, and has been floating around the league as a backup since the Carolina Panthers drafted the former Notre Dame signal caller 48th overall in the 2nd round. He started 10 games for the Panthers in his rookie season.
He has played for two other teams in that time, signing with the Chicago Bears after ending his disappointing Panthers career on injured reserve with a shoulder injury following his release. Clausen started two games for the Bears over two seasons. He was released last year, and picked up by the Baltimore Ravens who were desperate for QBs after losing Joe Flacco for the year. Clausen started two games last season for Baltimore.
Where does Clausen fit into the Washington Redskins plans right now? The Redskins have three QBs currently on the roster with Kirk Cousins the obvious starter playing on the $19.95 million franchise tag this year. Colt McCoy is locked in as the backup QB after re-signing this offseason for 3 years, $9 million. The Redskins also used a 6th round pick this year on former Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld. The demand is not high for Clausen, and the Redskins do not need another vet arm in camp this year when they could get a cheaper option.
This is Scot McCloughan getting a look at a QB live as he likes to do, and keeping his options open for any potential injuries that could happen during the season. Colt McCoy has been in the Redskins system for two years now, and has started 4 games. He is locked in as the backup. Sudfeld is a rookie that the team will attempt to develop this year, most likely on the practice squad. Jimmy Clausen is just another player getting filed away, and had his arm used to help tryout Marlon Brown and the unnamed WRs that worked out for the team today.
The #Redskins worked out free agent QB Jimmy Clausen today, source said. One of the top FA QBs available with starting experience.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 18, 2016
Update: According to NFLTradeRumors, the Redskins signed a WR from the tryout group. Dez Stewart(6’, 203lbs), undrafted rookie from Ohio Dominican.
During his four-year college career, Stewart totaled 196 receptions for 3,197 yards receiving (16.3 YPR) and 25 touchdowns. He also contributed 416 kick return yards and 171 punt return yards to go along with one return touchdown.