WASHINGTON — The Redskins, who could not come to a long-term deal with starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, reportedly put Jimmy Clausen through a workout Monday morning.
Clausen, who the Carolina Panthers drafted in the second round (48th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, played with the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens last season. He started one game for the Bears and appeared in another, completing 23 of his 40 pass attempts for 184 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception, and he was sacked four times.
He then went to the Ravens and appeared in three games, starting two. He completed 49 of 85 passes for 555 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He was sacked three times in that time.
Clausen hasn’t played regularly since he started 10 games for the Panthers in 2010, when he went 1-9. His career record as a pro is 1-13, he’s thrown 7 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, and he’s completed just 54 percent of his passes in the NFL for 2,520 yards. His passer rating is 61.9.
Regardless of his statistics, he does have 14 starts under his belt in the NFL, and he could be a better emergency option than sixth-round pick Nate Sudfeld. The Redskins’ receiving corps would also represent the most talented group of weapons he would ever have been surrounded by, so perhaps GM Scot McCloughan and head coach Jay Gruden think he has untapped potential that could be brought out by better pass-catchers.
With Cousins set to play the 2016 season on the franchise tag and backup quarterback Colt McCoy under contract, it’s unclear exactly what benefit Clausen would offer, other than another insurance policy in case of emergency. That said, there’s little harm in bringing in another backup option, especially a former second-round pick who is just 28 years old.
UPDATE: The Redskins also reportedly worked out receiver Marlon Brown, as well as other pass-catchers.