There have been rumors regarding Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan. Of course, it’s the busiest time of the year for front office personnel. However, McCloughan was nowhere to be found. But the controversy has now been put to rest. Hence a statement by team president Bruce Allen.

The Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately. We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Washington Post reporters Liz Clarke, John Woodrow Cox, Mike Jones and Master Tesfatsion have the story. McCloughan’s own problems have been a big factor. He hasn’t been a part of the team’s recent decision making. Hence, speculation regarding his absence ran amok.

Meanwhile, the business of football continues. The team signed defensive tackles Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain. It added strong safety D.J. Swearinger. And the club will continue to be busy when it comes to the defense. Elsewhere, wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson have moved on. Kirk Cousins remains the team’s quarterback for now.

But it all seems insignificant. McCloughan’s stay with the Redskins lasted two seasons. He did a good job with the draft. He added guard Brandon Scherff, linebacker Preston Smith and wide receiver Jamison Crowder. But his personal demons remain a problem. In the end, the Washington Redskins made a very difficult decision.

Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.