Redskins fire GM McCloughan

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Ending a week of speculation and uncertainty, the Washington Redskins fired general manager Scot McCloughan on Thursday.

McCloughan was entering his third offseason at the helm of the franchise, who hired him in January 2015.

Thursday marked the beginning of the NFL's new year and thus the opening of free agency.

McCloughan did not attend last week's scouting combine and was away from Redskins Park this week, the Post reported, with team president Bruce Allen orchestrating all personnel decisions in the meantime.

The Redskins maintained McCloughan had been away from his office dealing with a "family matter".

"The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organisation, effective immediately," Allen said in a statement Thursday. "We wish him success in his future endeavours. The team will have no further comment on his departure.

"The organisation remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft."

Neither McCloughan nor his agent were immediately available to comment on the circumstances surrounding his firing.