The Redskins arbitration case vs former GM Scot McCloughan has finally concluded, and Washington has won their case. McCloughan was fired for cause before the NFL Combine last year. There were reports that McCloughan was abusing alcohol on the job, which was one of the reasons for his release from the Redskins. The former NFL executive has been plagued by alcohol issues at his former jobs with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
McCloughan had sought payment of the roughly $2.8 million remaining on his four-year contract when the team dismissed him with 22 months remaining on his deal.
McCloughan arrived with plenty of fanfare, and Redskins fans were prepared to finally have a real scouting mind in charge of the team. He had mixed results, and made many head-scratching picks during his time here, but also drafted some cornerstones of the 2018 Redskins like Brandon Scherff, Matt Ioannidis, Preston Smith, and others. But misses like Matt Jones and Su’a Cravens hurt.
The Redskins moved on quickly after McCloughan was fired. They elevated Doug Williams from Personnel Executive to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel. Director of College Scouting Scott Campbell saw his role reduced before he was let go. Rising star in the organization Kyle Smith took over Campbell’s job. Eric Schaffer took on more responsibility with the team as the Senior Vice President of Football Operations. Jay Gruden also took on a bigger role in the draft and personnel.
McCloughan continued his scouting service after the Redskins let him go. He was working closely with the Cleveland Browns last year, and was in their war room during the draft. McCloughan is not working for them anymore, but continues his scouting service that is available to 31 teams in the NFL.