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McCloughan Intent On Evaluating Player Backgrounds

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General manager Scot McCloughan makes sure that every player the Redskins sign, whether it be someone young or a well-known veteran presence, endures a thorough background check.

"We do background checks on everybody," McCloughan said yesterday at his pre-draft press conference. "We know the guys coming out. I remember the majority of guys coming out over the last 20 years and the stuff they did or supposedly did and then also what happened, why they are in the league. We do a background check with the league office with every guy before we sign them, and we do our own research."

McCloughan is intent on building the team with strong character players. With off the field issues aplenty in the NFL, every personnel decision -- even if he has already met or known a player before -- becomes a crucial part in the reflection of the organization.

"It's very important to me, especially during free agency when we bring in 'considered starters,' or bigger-name guys, veterans that they are good guys because they're going to be the leaders of the young guys that we draft," McCloughan said. "We did all of our research on [cornerback] Chris Culliver and it came back good – everything, all the research we needed to do. The last thing I want to do is try to embarrass this organization, bringing in these so-called 'bad guys.' I won't do that. If there is any kind of question mark that he might be a bad guy, we're not going to do it."

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