The Redskins don’t seem concerned about including coach Jay Gruden in their free agency dealings.
According to Eric Bickel of 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., Gruden found out about the team signing Landon Collins through a text message from a member of the media.
“I’m told he’s not being consulted on any of these moves, as of Friday. Now maybe that changed over the weekend, but I’m told he heard about the Landon Collins signing through the media. A guy in the media texted him,” Bickel said.
Bickel said Gruden is “super frustrated” he’s not being consulted at all and that team president Bruce Allen is making team decisions without him.
“He’s super frustrated Bruce is calling all the shots. They’re not consulting Jay at all. As of Friday, Jay was like, ‘We have so many needs. We need linebackers, we need outside receivers, we have all these (needs).’ And they had basically signed a backup quarterback (Case Keenum) and Landon Collins. That’s about what they had done so far in free agency.”
Gruden not being included in huge signings is a sign that he will not return after the 2019 season, which will mark the end of his two-year extension with the team.
“It’s indicative, this is what happens when a coach is on their way out. They kind of get iced out of decisions,” Bickel said. “The organization is kind of planning without them. And barring a miracle, I think we all know this, it doesn’t take any insight, I think Jay will be gone at the end of this year.”
The signing of Collins was the biggest one in NFL history for a safety — the former Giants player was inked to a six-year, $84 million contract that contains $44.5 million in guarantees.