Redskins, Cousins headed toward expensive contract deadline

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins warms up during NFL football team practice Tuesday

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins warms up during NFL football team practice Tuesday

Cousins said he spoke with team president Bryce Allen (sorry, typing accent) often over the weekend, and emphasized the need for more time to make a long-term decision. Because Allen referenced this Kurt Cousins multiple times in his latest interview.

The statement from Allen indicates that the Redskins were willing to give Cousins a lot of money.

Cousins took the high-road throughout his radio interview, consistently noting that most National Football League players play on one-year contracts. If, for instance, Aaron Rodgers signs an extension next summer with the Packers, it seems logical that he would ask for more than $30 million a year in a world where Kirk Cousins is bringing that home. "While we would have liked to work out a long-term contract before this season, we accept his decision".

Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins became the first quarterback to play under the franchise tag for a second consecutive season after failing to sign a long-term deal on Monday. It's the NFL Way, but Cousins wisely said no way, Jose. Last year, the Redskins weren't ready to commit to Cousins at a certain price.

Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March.

Last year Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins, preventing him from testing the waters of free agency, and this year, rather than offering Cousins a contract that could keep the quarterback in D.C. on its own merits, the team chose to throw the franchise tag on him again.

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Allen's blatant public relations attempt to make Cousins look like the problem was unnecessary, yet the Redskins are notorious for their uncanny ability to make bad situations worse than they have to be.

Cousins did add a few things that will have Redskins fans feeling somewhat better about the possibility of him staying in Washington, though.

Allen's statement also said Cousins "prefers to play on one-year deals".

"We both share high hopes for this season and we are looking forward to training camp starting next week". The deadline for signing Cousins to a long-term deal is on Tuesday. On 106.7 The Fan radio in Washington. But that would be an expensive proposition.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Redskins' offer only included one additional year of guaranteed money.

But despite the lack of a deal or even a counter-offer from his side, Cousins said that "everything's trending in the right direction", and that with more time, a deal might have been reached this year.

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Shanahan played a major role in Cousins getting selected in the fourth round of the 2012 draft after the team traded up to take Robert Griffin III with the second-overall pick. Cousins threw for over 9,000 yards with 54 touchdowns versus 23 interceptions.

Kirk Cousins was there to see the franchise quarterback sitting courtside with the Redskins' team owner at a Wizards game. I mean, nobody is picking the Redskins to win the NFC East this season, are they? That is now the number to beat for the 49ers or any other interested National Football League team once Cousins hits the open market next year. In three of their last six games, he finished with a passer rating of less than 79.

First, Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is expected to hit free agency in 2018.

Instead of leaping on the situation and trying to lock up their quarterback at the end of the season, the Redskins again lowballed Cousins with an offer of $20 million for five years with low guarantees. The San Francisco 49ers, who are also in search of a franchise quarterback.

The 28-year-old Michigan State product is going into his third full season as the Redskins' starter.

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