McCloughan, a longtime scout, has been back at the Senior Bowl, scouting the top collegiate players and getting an idea of who he believes might be able to fit the Redskins in the coming years.
The latest news and analysis of the Washington Redskins season.
McCloughan said Wednesday he would rather lock up Cousins, an impending free agent, with a long-term contract than use the franchise tag, but that uncertainty has him eyeing college quarterbacks as well.
Thompson tore the labrum in his left shoulder in Week 13 and missed two games before returning for the remainder of the season. He had a breakout season with a career-high 240 receiving yards and 216 rushing yards.
Golston has spent his entire career with the Redskins, joining the team as a sixth-round pick out of Georgia in 2006, and made just his third playoff appearance this season. At 32, he doesn't know where he'll be.
Manusky, who spent the last four seasons as defensive coordinator of the Colts, will return to the Redskins, where he coached the linebackers in 2001. Manusky has also worked with defensive coordinator Joe Barry on the Chargers.
The Redskins will almost certainly focus their offseason efforts on upgrading the defense, which ranked 28th in the league last season and struggled to get to the quarterback and stop the run.
The Redskins believe they've identified their quarterback of the future in Cousins, who set team records in his first full season as a starter, but he, and others, still have other things to improve upon next year.
Manning was the Redskins' top target in 2012, when then-coach Mike Shanahan was looking for a starting quarterback, but his reluctance to face the Giants and his brother, Eli, each year made it a tough sell.
Culliver tore the ACL in his right knee in a practice on Thanksgiving, and although he believes he'll be ready for the start of the season in September, it's uncertain whether he'll be with the Redskins.
Crowder finished fourth among all rookie wide receivers in receptions and playing time, and after emerging without any major injuries, he plans to focus on taking a bigger role with the Redskins next season.
The Rams' futuristic proposal for their suburban Los Angeles stadium caught the eye of the rest of the league, and Dan Snyder surely won't want to look second-rate when it's his turn to unveil the Redskins' proposal.
Cavanaugh, hired by coach Jay Gruden before the season to mentor Cousins, McCoy and Robert Griffin III, was a big reason why Cousins was able to succeed in his first year as the starter, McCoy said.
Hall had figured for some time that he'd be able to prolong his career by playing safety, and that's what he did this season, when he returned from a toe injury to find the Redskins had too many cornerbacks.
Griffin's actions upon leaving Redskins Park for the final time on Monday portrayed him as a victim, but if he felt wronged during his season as the backup, he'll quickly learn that approach won't work anywhere else.
The Redskins have 17 players who are scheduled to become free agents this offseason, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Alfred Morris and nose tackle Terrance Knighton, and not all will return.
Gruden said he was pleased with Cousins' play this season, and the Redskins' next step will be to find a way to sign him to a new contract at some point in the coming months.
Galette never played a down for the Redskins after he tore his left Achilles' tendon during the preseason, but he said he wants to return to the team next season and is serious about putting his past troubles behind him.
Redskins players cleaned out their lockers on Monday afternoon, with Griffin declining comment but leaving a pair of motivational phrases on one of his shelves before exiting the locker room.
Cousins was not the same player who was benched last season for his mistakes or even the player who was mediocre in September. He's now become the Redskins' best option moving forward.
An overachieving season has led to plenty of thoughts about the future, especially considering general manager Scot McCloughan and coach Jay Gruden finally appear to have their team heading in the right direction.
Without injured rookie Matt Jones once again, the Redskins rushed for 84 yards, which was 13 fewer than their regular-season average, in their playoff loss to the Packers on Sunday afternoon.
Hatcher, who concluded his 10th season, said he will consider retirement in the offseason. When asked about a timetable, the veteran defensive end said he will make a decision swiftly and will not leave the Redskins waiting.
Rodgers was considered vulnerable after the Packers lost two consecutive games to end the regular season, and despite early struggles on Sunday, he recovered in leading his team over the Redskins in the playoffs.
The Redskins accomplished a lot, winning nine games and appearing in the playoffs for the first time in three years, but that was of no comfort following a 35-18 first-round loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers completed 21 of 36 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the Redskins, 35-18, ending their season.
Cousins worked through an inconsistent start to put together one of the best seasons in franchise history, and he'll look to continue his run on Sunday when the Redskins face the Packers in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
The Packers haven't allowed a big game to a tight end in over a month, playing several of the league's best at the position in that span. Reed, who is averaging nearly 100 yards in the last four games, will be a test.
Jackson could take the same career arc as former running back John Riggins, whose troubles were erased once he had a breakthrough postseason for the Redskins in January 1983.
The Redskins signed a number of veteran free agents during the season, asking them to fill important roles. Mason Foster, Pierre Thomas and Will Blackmon addressed how they stayed ready.
Kirk Cousins was handled a heavy responsibility by Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden in late August.
Finishing last one year doesn't prevent a team from finishing first the next. Several teams have pulled it off in recent seasons, with Washington's five-win turnaround equaling what it pulled off in 2012.
Lichstensteiger missed 11 games this season with weakness in his left arm, but should be ready to return to an offensive line that managed to trudge forward despite relative inexperience.
Goldson was traded to the Redskins prior to the season, and the experience and knowledge he gained through stops with the 49ers and Buccaneers helped him serve as a mentor and leader to a young secondary.
After starting the season 6-0, the Packers failed to fight through some of their more pressing issues, leaving them limping into the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a pair of thrashings.
Cousins set the Redskins' record for passing yards in a season and was near the top of the rankings in several other categories, which is the team's reward for sticking with him, the Packers' quarterback and coach said.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday that Bakhtiari, who has missed the last two games because of the injury, would likely try to participate in positional drills in practice as he tries to return.
Inside linebacker Will Compton, left guard Spencer Long and rookies Jamison Crowder, Matt Jones and Preston Smith were among the players who seized larger roles as the Redskins won the NFC East title.
Jones, expected to return from a hip injury in the Redskins' playoff game against the Packers on Sunday, will force the coaching staff to decide who will sit out between he and three other running backs.
Williams, cut by the Seahawks earlier this season, will help fill in for the Redskins in their playoff game against the Packers on Sunday after Kyshoen Jarrett and Dashaun Phillips sustained injuries.
Haynesworth took aim at the Redskins via social media this past weekend, providing a reminder that his divisive presence represents the bottom of the barrel for the franchise.
Cousins was seen by many as little more than a backup who couldn't handle a starting role, but after he was handed that responsibility this season, he has clearly been exemplary.
The Packers will be making their seventh consecutive postseason appearance and will be facing the Redskins, who have played in two playoff games in the past decade.
Jarrett, the Redskins' versatile rookie defensive back, will not play Sunday against the Packers, Gruden said on Monday, though the coach is expecting to have center Kory Lichtensteiger return to practice this week.
The Redskins had nothing to lose if they were defeated by the Cowboys on Sunday, but still found enough value in carrying a four-game winning streak into the postseason following a 34-23 victory.
The Capitals, Wizards and Nationals had a chance in recent years to capitalize upon the Redskins' down years, but this playoff push has put the NFL team back in fans' minds.
Crowder finished with five catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' 34-23 victory, putting the cap on a season in which he had the most receptions by a rookie in team history.
Cousins threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns, playing only the first half, as the Redskins completed their season with a four-game winning streak and a 34-23 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.
Garcon has been overshadowed by the production of wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Jordan Reed, but his five touchdown receptions tied the most he's had in four seasons with the Redskins.
Pierre Thomas' play on Saturday gives the Redskins four viable options at running back, though they likely will only be able to let three of them play on Sunday against the Cowboys and in the playoffs.
There may be some temptation for Gruden to let his team coast into the playoffs with its starters on the sidelines, but there are only so many players who can sit. Plus, beating the Cowboys is an incentive to win.
Center Kory Lichtensteiger and defensive end Jason Hatcher each battled weakness in their arms and shoulders this season, causing them to seek out a Colorado-based nerve specialist they credit with their recovery.
The Redskins have secured the NFC East and have an opportunity to rest players ahead of the playoffs. Coach Jay Gruden said while that is appealing, so is finishing the season on a four-game winning streak and with a 9-7 record.
Gruden has insisted since he was hired by the Redskins prior to last season that he knows his players. As became clear this season, we should have trusted him.
Hall played in the NFC Championship as a rookie, then didn't return to the postseason for eight years. He, and several other veteran Redskins players, are trying to relay the magnitude of their opportunity to others.
Jackson was cut by the Eagles prior to last season and was instrumental in helping the Redskins defeat his former team and capture the NFC East title on Saturday night.
Moses, the Redskins' right tackle, was questionable for last Saturday's game against the Eagles because of a left ankle injury and was limited in practice. However, he gutted it out and played all 75 offensive snaps in the Redskins' win.
The Redskins engineered only their second worst-to-first turnaround in franchise history when they beat the Eagles on Saturday. Gruden, who won four games in his first season, had a much more successful second year.
Cousins inexplicably took a knee with six seconds left in the first half of the Redskins' victory over the Eagles on Saturday, then made up for what could have been an all-time error with an emphatic second-half performance.
The Redskins converted just five of 14 third downs against the Eagles on Saturday. However, they were efficient in third-and-long scenarios, thanks to running back Pierre Thomas and wide receiver Pierre Garcon.
Thomas, who signed with the Redskins a little over two weeks ago, caught seven passes for 67 yards and rushed for 22 yards on four carries. The veteran helped the team secure a playoff berth, which was his main goal when he signed with the team.