Scot McCloughan explains Redskins' free-agent strategy, eyes draft for OL

PHOENIX -- The plan wasn’t just to sign defensive players, leaving the offense without any help from free agency. It’s just the way it unfolded for the Washington Redskins.

But Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan also said they weren’t one or two players from being a playoff contending team, soo the focus was on simply adding good players. Since free agency opened, the Redskins have added four defensive starters and haven’t signed anyone on offense.

“We were like, let’s get some good players at the right price,” McCloughan said. “It’s not, go out and sign one or two guys and think, ‘OK, we’re that close to being a playoff contending team.’ We’re not. We’ve got to start building and building. Age was important. Medical history was important, and the contract was important.”

All of the players Washington has signed are under 30 years old. They still haven't solved all of their defensive problems, though. The Redskins still need to find a starting free safety and would like to improve their offensive line.

McCloughan echoed what many others have said: The draft is deep for offensive linemen, but not for safeties. McCloughan said he’s looking forward to talking more with new offensive line coach Bill Callahan about draft prospects.

“He knows what kind of player he wants,” McCloughan said. “We have a similar philosophy about big guys, smart guys, tough guys. We want to be able to run the ball, be able to pound the ball and get that D-line to want to quit and understand that when you play the Washington Redskins, we’ll come at you no matter what.”