Many Redskins players privately supporting Kirk Cousins over contract stalemate

Chelsea West
July 19, 2017

Barring some unforeseen development before the NFL-imposed 4 p.m. Monday deadline, Cousins will play a second straight season on the franchise player tag, people familiar with the negotiations said.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will likely play the 2017 season under the franchise tag, "which both sides are okay with".

Team president Bruce Allen said in a prepared statement that the team's goal was to sign Cousins to a long-term contract and offered him $53 million guaranteed or $72 million for injury. Per the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, because he's playing 2017 on the franchise tag, Washington can not negotiate with Cousins until after the season. If unsuccessful, team officials will weigh their options, which would again be using the franchise tag, placing the transition tag on Cousins instead, or letting him walk altogether.

Over the last two years, Cousins has guided the Redskins to a 17-14-1 regular season record and an NFC East title in 2015.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) carries the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. They're just not sure if they want to be the ones to give him that much money, and would rather go year-to-year as long as possible before having to decide.

Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March and had until Monday afternoon to work out a new deal. Cousins's financial success will drive the price tag up on any quarterback extension going forward and, depending on the final dollar figure for his deal, may lead more quarterbacks to try to reach free agency as Cousins is doing. "When you look around the league and you see great quarterbacks, they've almost all played for one team". If they franchise him a third time it costs them $34,478,784 in 2018, meaning he would receive $78.3 million in fully guaranteed money, which is almost double Carr's deal with the Raiders.

"There's just so many positives to discuss - love my teammates, I love playing with these guys - so I don't need to look elsewhere", Cousins said in a video posted on the team's website. Cousins is the kind of quarterback who fits what Shanahan wants.

The Redskins would then get the opportunity to match that deal and keep him in Washington, or let him walk with no compensation provided. During these two seasons, Cousins ranked fourth in the National Football League with a total quarterback rating of 71.3.

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Asked by former QB Joe Theismann if he wanted to be a member of the Redskins, Cousins said yes and called it "an easy answer".

"I understand where he and the organization is coming from", Cousins said.

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"When you look around the league and you see quarterbacks, great quarterbacks, they almost all played for only one team", he said.

"I've been called Kurt my entire life", Cousins said.

Cousins completed 61.8 percent of his throws for 1,710 yards, 10 scores and nine interceptions while Griffin completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,694 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.

The next season, the Redskins unleashed Cousins. If the deadline had been October or November, maybe we get a deal done.

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