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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
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Kirk Cousins completed 25-of-30 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns in Washington's Week 3 win over the Raiders.
It was a highly efficient game from Cousins after shaky starts the last two weeks. His highlight was a back-shoulder fade to Josh Doctson for a 52-yard touchdown, with his other scores coming on a red-zone pass to Vernon Davis and a check down to Chris Thompson. Cousins was forced to spread it around without Jordan Reed, completing at least one pass to six different receivers. It’s a much needed breakout with Cousins facing pressure in a walk year. Cousins has another primetime matchup with the Chiefs in Week 4. Sep 24 - 11:36 PM

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Kirk Cousins completed 18-of-27 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown while adding three rushes for seven yards Sunday in the Redskins’ Week 2 win over the Rams.

This was one of Cousins' more conservative efforts. His longest completion, which didn’t come until the Redskins’ penultimate drive, went for just 23 yards. Some of that had to do with the surprise success of Washington’s running game, which totaled 229 yards on 39 attempts. Cousins put the Redskins ahead with an 11-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Grant with just 1:49 remaining. That capped a 10-play, 70-yard drive that included four Cousins completions for 51 yards. Cousins will get the Raiders at home next week.
Sep 17 - 8:57 PM

Kirk Cousins completed just 23-of-40 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Redskins' 30-17, Week 1 loss to the Eagles.

Cousins also led the team with 30 rushing yards. He also lost two fumbles, with a late one being returned by Fletcher Cox for a touchdown to seal the win for the Eagles. Cousins took four sacks in total and was hit a number of times by the Eagles' ferocious defensive line. Cousins targeted new No. 1 receiver Terrelle Pryor a team-high 11 times, but they looked out of sync on deep balls and Pryor dropped a couple balls. Jamison Crowder was a complete non-factor. Cousins' pick was a horrible overthrow off his back foot in the red zone that sailed over an open Crowder's head. The Redskins travel to L.A. to face the Rams next week. Cousins will be a borderline QB1/2.
Sep 10 - 4:19 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 10-of-19 passes for 109 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's third preseason game.

Cousins got off to a Hackenberg-esque start, generating zero first downs through the Redskins' first three drives before tossing a pick six on series No. 4. He settled down afterward, though Rob Kelley was easily Washington's best offensive player on the afternoon. Terrelle Pryor did complicate matters by dropping what would have been a nice, long gain deep in Bengals territory. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are gone, but Cousins has an impressive supporting cast on paper. He should be headed for his third straight top-10 fantasy season.
Aug 27 - 6:32 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 14-of-23 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' second preseason game.

Cousins orchestrated a nice touchdown drive in the two-minute drill to close out the half, but it came against mostly second teamers. For most of his snaps, he struggled with his accuracy and led Washington to just three first downs before the final drive. He also missed what should have been a couple big plays, although he threw two nice passes down the sideline in the second quarter. Washington's offense has not lit the world on fire in the first two preseason games, but the passing game should get things rolling before Week 1.
Aug 19 - 9:34 PM

Kirk Cousins claims he wants to spend his entire career with the Redskins.

"When you look at the best of the best, those quarterbacks played with one team," Cousins said. "So my desire is to stay with one team my entire career, and that would be Washington." It's the "right thing" to say, but franchise player Cousins and the Redskins were extremely far apart in long-term talks before the deadline this summer. The Redskins have disrespected Cousins at every step of the way. There's a strong chance he moves on in free agency next year.
Aug 15 - 2:03 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports "those close" to Kirk Cousins viewed the Redskins' release of their supposed contract offer as "bush league and unnecessary."

It was. Per La Canfora, senior VP of player personnel Doug Williams tried to clear the air with Cousins at camp. "(What) I told him was, 'It ain't about 2016 and it ain't about 2018. It's about 2017,'" Williams said. "Just do what you've been doing and don't worry about what the media and everybody says." It's a nice gesture, but almost certainly too little, too late. Absent an unprecedented third franchise tag, Cousins seems poised to walk next offseason.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 27 - 10:17 PM

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

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. [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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: NFL Network
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, Profootballtalk.com 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 16 - 3:26 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
RB1Rob Kelley
2Chris Thompson
3Samaje Perine
4Mack Brown
GLB1Rob Kelley
2Samaje Perine
3RB1Chris Thompson
2Rob Kelley
WR11Terrelle Pryor
2Josh Doctson
3Brian Quick
WR21Jamison Crowder
2Ryan Grant
WR31Ryan Grant
TE1Jordan Reed
2Vernon Davis
3Niles Paul
4Jeremy Sprinkle
LT1Trent Williams
2Ty Nsekhe
LG1Shawn Lauvao
C1Spencer Long
2Chase Roullier
RG1Brandon Scherff
RT1Morgan Moses
2Tyler Catalina
K1Dustin Hopkins