With nine picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins are keen observers this week in Indianapolis.
"You know, last year at this time we felt great about Alex and Colt and that's why we ended up signing both of 'em and we feel the same way about both of them. If Alex can't go, Colt can," Allen said.
"(With) Alex, we're still feeling good, he's making improvements every day," Allen said. "His strength is coming back and so we'll see."
"We're looking at free agency, I don't think it's any secret that there's players that are being offered in trades from other teams we've listened to that," Allen said. "We feel good where we're at. Can't tell you we know exactly who is going to back up Colt if Alex can't go, but we have some time on that."
Allen highlighted the numerous former quarterbacks on the Redskins' staff to say the team has plenty of expertise when evaluating the quarterbacks in the draft.
"Every year we have great quarterback debates, whether we're gonna take or not, but just evaluating 'em. And I think we have the perfect environment to get the right evaluation," Allen said.
"They have a lot of experience and it makes for a healthy debate," he told reporters.
"If the board tells us that's the highest player on the board, that's who we'll take," he said. "With the injuries, you're one injury away from having a need at any position. And the last two years we have stuck to our board and it's worked well for us. Now, we gotta get healthy, and we gotta keep our guy's healthy, but that will be the philosophy."
When asked by a reporter if they team's QB evaluators conveyed any specific traits or what they were looking for in a player, Allen pointed to the moves the team made during last offseason.
"I think you see a picture of it last year, 'cause we had these debates last year when there were a lot of free agent quarterbacks and the draft, we (knew) was going to have some potential," Allen said. "And that's why we traded for Alex Smith, and re-signed Colt to an extension. So that was a picture of it. We also traded for Kevin Hogan, because he fit what we were looking for."
"He plays well," Allen said of Murray. "He's very confident in what he can do."
"We're still looking at everything," he said. "We support whatever is good for the DMV on any issue and if Governor Hogan believes he's doing the right thing, so we'll support him."
Allen said there is a timeline for the team to get started on construction of a new stadium with the Redskins' lease at FedEx Field expiring in 2027.
"It's around the corner," he said. "(When) building new stadiums that you need a good three, four year runway in order to do it."
When asked if the Redskins' current salary cap constraints were similar to the cap crunch the team faced in 2012, Allen said, "No, we're OK."
To that end, Allen said the Redskins are interested in re-signing several of their veteran free agents and aren't concerned about spending money based on a player's position.
"We don't allocate by position so much," he said. "I mean if you look at us you'll probably say, we'll we're heavy in the offensive line compared to the league average, but it's based on the player. We rate the player and then we put a value on that player's talent."
"We try and pay for the value no matter what the position is," Allen said.
"Once again, all the charges were dropped, there's been no complaints," he told reporters. "And so, it's time for him to play football."
Allen considers Foster to be involved with the Redskins defense and, "We're hoping for him and us that he's able to play."