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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Speaking with 106.7 The Fan, Kirk Cousins said he did not make a counter offer to the Redskins because he "needed more time" to assess the organization.
The Redskins did very publicly -- and haphazardly -- reshuffle the front office this offseason, but Cousins certainly would have signed on the dotted line if the organization made him an acceptable offer, a fact he acknowledged later in the interview. "If the best we can get is a two-year deal, I might as well just keep playing on one-year deals," Cousins said about the Redskins' self-reported offer. Despite all that has happened including the team president attempting to drag him through the mud on Monday, Cousins said his "first choice" is to remain in Washington and did not rule out signing a long-term deal with the team. That is a story for after the season, however, and Cousins said his focus now "is on playing football." Jul 18 - 10:36 AM

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In a poll of five NFL personnel executives whose teams played the Redskins last season, all five listed Kirk Cousins as a top-15 NFL quarterback and three placed him near or inside the top 10.

Statistics certainly back this up, but there is a feeling Cousins' 2015-2016 success came as a product of Jay Gruden's system. "He's really accurate, has really good timing, touch," said one personnel man. "He's not a great athlete. He's not the biggest. [Mike Shanahan] thought he was Drew Brees. Whether he is or not, I don't know -- but similar attributes. Not the best arm, obviously not as big as you want, but really good rhythm, touch, timing within their offense." If Cousins indeed hits free agency in 2018, he will push to become the NFL's highest-paid player.
Jul 17 - 5:54 PM

In a public statement, the Redskins placed the blame squarely on franchise player Kirk Cousins' camp for the sides' inability to reach a long-term agreement by Monday's 4pm ET deadline.

The statement, which can be read at the below link, provides actual contract numbers offered by the team, a rare sight in today's NFL. We actually can't say we've ever seen it before in a publicly-issued statement like this. "Kirk has made it clear he prefers to play on a year-to-year basis," the statement reads, and claims Cousins' agent did not make a single contract offer during the negotiating process. The sides appear to be heading for a 2018 divorce.
Jul 17 - 4:11 PM

The Redskins were unable to agree on a long-term deal with franchise player Kirk Cousins before Monday's 4pm ET deadline.

He'll play 2017 on his $23.94 million tender, making Cousins the first quarterback in NFL history to spend two straight years on a franchise tag. Although Cousins' camp leaked word Sunday that they are open to a long-term deal with Washington after the season, no one behind the scenes buys that Cousins wants to stay in D.C. at all. Now coached by Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers are the favorites to land Cousins if he hits free agency in 2018. The Redskins are expected to consider transition tagging Cousins next offseason, although it would come at a $28.73 million cost.
Jul 17 - 4:04 PM

ESPN's Jeff Darlington expects 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan to remain interested in Kirk Cousins even if he has a down 2017.

Darlington believes Shanahan would give Cousins a "pass" since he'll be missing DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and OC Sean McVay. Aside from perhaps McVay in Los Angeles, Shanahan seems most likely to pound the table for Cousins in the increasingly likely event he is allowed to walk by the Redskins next offseason.
Jul 17 - 2:18 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Redskins made their best contract offer to franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins in May.

The offer was up from the ridiculous $20 million per year Washington had been offering, but the annual average still fell short of the $24 million Cousins will earn this year on the tag and only contained two guaranteed years, according to Pelissero. These details show the Redskins were not serious about signing Cousins to a long-term deal, so it is not surprising he seems more than happy to play out this season under the terms of the tag. The two sides still have until 4 pm ET today to work out a deal, but it is not going to happen.
Jul 17 - 8:40 AM

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports there is "nothing going on" in contract negotiations between the Redskins and franchise player Kirk Cousins.

The specific deadline for teams to sign franchise-tagged players to long-term deals is 4pm ET on Monday, and there are no indications either side will budge in its stance before that time. Cousins seems intent on betting on himself once again, while the Redskins seem to be falling into some sort of reverse Sunk Cost Fallacy, blowing several past chances to lock in Cousins long term and stubbornly continuing to refuse to make the situation right.
Jul 16 - 10:17 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Kirk Cousins is not expected to sign a long-term deal before Monday's deadline for franchise-tagged players to do so, but Cousins remains "open to doing a deal with the team after this season."

Sources told Schefter there has been "a positive, constructive tone" between Cousins and the Redskins lately, but Cousins wants to bet on himself again. Cousins will become the NFL's first-ever quarterback to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag. Next year, franchise tagging Cousins a third time would cost them $34.48 million. Washington could also place the less-binding transition tag on Cousins for $28.73 million.
Jul 16 - 3:26 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, no deals are close between Kirk Cousins, Le'Veon Bell, Trumaine Johnson and their respective teams ahead of Monday's 4 PM ET deadline for signing franchise players.

The Rams were never expected to reach a deal with Johnson and there hasn't been much optimism surrounding Bell either. As for Cousins, the Redskins' front office appears to be divided on his value, leading most to believe that Monday's deadline will come and go without an agreement. Muhammad Wilkerson and Von Miller both signed at the deadline last year, so perhaps the Redskins can entice Cousins with a last-ditch offer. If not, he'll earn $23.94 million under the franchise tag this season.
Jul 16 - 1:12 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation told that "internal disagreement exists" within the Redskins' organization "regarding (Kirk) Cousins' actual value."

"Internal disagreement" has existed in Washington's front office regarding Cousins' value for several years, and the leaks are coming out now with just days left before the deadline for teams to sign franchise-tagged players long term. Per Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, ex-Redskins GM Scot McCloughan "wanted to give Cousins a contract extension before 2015," but the "front office declined." The "front office" was/is Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen, who have messed this up from the get go and appear to be in no rush for a resolution.
Jul 14 - 9:52 PM

According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, two NFL general managers believe a team will place a "HUGE" roster bonus into an offer sheet for Kirk Cousins in 2018 if the Redskins slap him with the transition tag next year.

Cousins is not expected to sign a long-term deal by Monday's deadline for franchise players to do so, and the belief is the Skins may tag him in some manner again next offseason. A third consecutive franchise tag would cost $34.5 million, but a transition tag would be cheaper and, of course, less binding. If Cousins is transition tagged in 2018, interested teams would be able to make him contract offers that severely restrict Washington's ability to match with huge early-deal roster bonuses. The 49ers are a team capable of constructing such a deal. San Francisco has a ton of cap space, a huge quarterback need, and Kyle Shanahan's connection to Cousins.
Jul 13 - 11:55 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the "strong indication" is Kirk Cousins will play out this season under the franchise tag.

RapSheet adds, "Both sides are OK with it." They have until Monday to work out a long-term deal, but no one seems to think it will happen. Both Adam Schefter and John Keim of ESPN have called it a "long shot" while NFL Network's Charley Casserly said he does not "see any way" a deal gets done. Considering it would cost Washington $34.5 million to tag Cousins next year, failing to reach a deal now will almost guarantee the quarterback hits free agency next spring.
Jul 13 - 8:34 AM

ESPN's John Keim reports a long-term deal between the Redskins and franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins "remains a long shot."

Keim reports "multiple sources close to Cousins have remained pessimistic," although he does say the "tone has changed" in negotiations. That matches what Adam Schefter said about the situation late last month. The two sides have until next Monday to work out a long-term deal. Cousins is scheduled to make $23.94 million on the one-year franchise tender.
Source: ESPN
Jul 10 - 11:41 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports a long-term deal between the Redskins and franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins "is considered a long shot for the time being."

NFL Network analyst and former GM Charley Casserly agrees, saying he does not "see any way" the two sides reach a long-term deal. There was some optimism about a new deal earlier this month -- Schefter does say there is "an improved tone between the two sides" -- but it seems like the July 17 deadline will pass without an agreement. Cousins is scheduled to make $23.94 million on the one-year franchise tender.
Jun 27 - 10:18 AM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly does not "see any way" franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins signs a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline.

Considering Derek Carr's new deal, the $24 million Cousins is already scheduled to make in 2017, and the cost to tag him again next year, Casserly thinks it would take $93 million guaranteed over five years to get Cousins to sign. "Put the numbers on paper, and show the deal that you think Cousins is gonna accept," Casserly said. "That number just blows people away. Nobody's gonna do that." While there was some optimism earlier this month, Cousins' chances of signing a long-term deal before the deadline are as murky as ever.
Jun 27 - 9:32 AM

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