Redskins fire GM Scot McCloughan

Posted at 7:23 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 00:21:07-05

General Manager Scot McCloughan of the Washington Redskins talks on the phone prior to the start of a game against the St. Louis Rams at FedExField on September 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - The Redskins have fired general manager Scot McCloughan.

"The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately," team President Bruce Allen said in a statement. "We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft."

McCloughan was hired January 8, 2015. However, in recent weeks, numerous reports claimed McCloughan was absent from the team facility. He did not join Redskins staffers at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins embraces general manager Scot McCloughan after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Washington Redskins 35-18 during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

In their first season with McCloughan, Washington won the NFC East division title. Last year, the Skins missed the playoffs with a record of 8-7-1. Those were the first consecutive winning seasons for the franchise since 1996 and 97.

Under McCloughan's watch, many experts feel the organization has mismanaged the contract situation of quarterback Kirk Cousins - using the franchise tag on the quarterback in back to back seasons, the first time in NFL history that's happened. Just today, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Cousins requested a trade from the Redskins.