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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
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Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team has opened contract talks with free agent Kirk Cousins.
"We’ve had discussions with his representative," Allen said. "We feel good. Kirk wants to be a Washington Redskin. It will work itself out." Cousins is likely targeting an Alex Smith-type deal after throwing for 4,166 yards and leading the league in completion percentage. Franchising Cousins would cost $19.7 million. Feb 5 - 6:07 PM

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Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said he wants to work out a "long-term deal" with impending free agent Kirk Cousins.

"From the standpoint of going forward, of course I’d like to have him around," McCloughan said. "Our philosophy with me and the organization is we won’t talk contract stuff with the media, but I want him to be a part of the Redskins." Cousins cannot complain about being underappreciated. Washington may prefer a long-term extension -- ideally at a team-bargain price -- but they will almost certainly use the franchise tag to retain Cousins for 2016.
Jan 27 - 7:41 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirms he plans to build around impending free agent Kirk Cousins.

Cousins said following Sunday's loss he wasn't sure how much he was "wanted" by the Redskins, but they've made their intentions clear time and again. He'll be back in Washington for 2016. The question is whether it's via the franchise tag or long-term deal. Cousins had a strong year, but would be a major stretch at franchise tag money, which should hover around $20 million.
Jan 11 - 3:25 PM

Impending free agent QB Kirk Cousins said he wants to be where he is "wanted."

Cousins added it remains to be seen "how much" he is wanted by the Redskins because the two sides "haven't discussed it much yet." This sounds an awful lot like a negotiating ploy. Washington has already decided Cousins is their quarterback of the future, and they clearly want him to stick around. The two sides should reach a long-term deal before free agency begins.
Source: ESPN
Jan 11 - 12:12 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 29-of-46 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown, and rushed twice for two yards and an additional touchdown in the Redskins' Wild Card loss to the Packers.

Green Bay's defense made it tough on Cousins with persistent pass rush and mostly-sticky coverage, but Cousins stayed firm in the pocket and moved the offense in the first half. His first touchdown pass was good to Jordan Reed deep down the seam, beating Packers S Micah Hyde from 24 yards out. Cousins fumbled three times and failed to recover the second, however, following a Mike Neal sack. After the Packers jumped ahead 17-11 at half, Cousins retook the lead on a walk-in quarterback draw in the third quarter, catching Green Bay's defense flat footed. It was all Packers from there, as Green Bay's defense and running game took control in the final two quarters. Cousins wrapped his first full season as a starter with a 29:11 TD-to-INT ratio and league-best 69.8 completion rate. An impending free agent, Cousins is about to get (over)paid.
Jan 10 - 9:00 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 12-of-15 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's Week 17 win over Dallas.

All three touchdowns came in the first quarter. Cousins had two red-zone TDs, and hit Pierre Garcon for a 39-yarded. He could have had a field day, but was rested in the second quarter. The Redskins are locked into the No. 4 seed. Cousins finishes the regular season with 4,166 yards and a 29:11 TD/INT ratio.
Jan 3 - 7:16 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter stated Sunday morning that Kirk Cousins could play only a half or less in Sunday's meaningless Week 17 game versus Dallas.

"Don't think we're gonna see him more than a half today," were Schefter's words. Cousins will be spelled at some point in the game by Colt McCoy. It's just a matter of when. It's also worth noting that Cousins needs 120 yards to set the Redskins' single-season franchise record for passing yards.
Jan 3 - 11:44 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed Kirk Cousins will start against the Cowboys, but that this snaps are "still to be determined."

Reading the tea leaves, it sounds like Gruden is going to play his starters only a few series in a meaningless game. That makes Cousins, DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed no-gos in DFS. Matt Jones (hip) will likely be inactive.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 01:26:00 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden hinted his starters could be active but play limited snaps Week 17 against the Cowboys.

"Number one, it’s the health of our football team with these injured guys who are legitimately injured and can’t play," Gruden said. "Then, from there, we’ll have to figure out the able bodies that we have — personnel groupings will be adjusted — and then throughout the course of the game, we’ll make adjustments depending on the situation." Gruden has been clear he plans to rest injured players, which could include DeSean Jackson. He has been less clear on his plan for healthy starters, but this quote suggests the starters will not play a full complement of snaps. Against a team which limits the pace anyway, it will be difficult to trust any Washington playmaker this week.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 09:59:00 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he has "to be smart" about resting players Week 17 against the Cowboys.

Washington has nothing to play for with the No. 4 seed locked in, and there are a couple of nagging injuries hampering starters. The worst of which is to RT Morgan Moses' foot, but DeSean Jackson has been battling through a lingering knee issue, Jordan Reed has been on the injury report with a shoulder, and Matt Jones missed Saturday's game with a hip issue. If any of the offensive linemen are rested, the Redskins would likely sit down Kirk Cousins as well. It is likely the big starters play some against Dallas, but the Cowboys' slow-paced style limits fantasy ceilings anyway. The matchup will not be worth the risk for most of Washington's playmakers.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 08:42:00 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 31-of-46 throws for 365 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins' Week 16 win over the Eagles, 38-24.

The Redskins have won the NFC East for the second time in the 2000s. Cousins started this game white hot, hitting Jordan Reed twice for touchdowns in the first 14 minutes. He proceeded to make one of the most bone-headed decisions of the NFL season with six seconds left in the half, kneeling at the Eagles' seven-yard line to let the clock run out rather than spiking the ball to set up a quick end-zone pass or field goal. The miscue cost Washington at least three points, and very possibly seven. Cousins bounced back to lead a third-quarter touchdown drive capped with a 12-yard bullet to RB Chris Thompson. Cousins' fourth TD went to Pierre Garcon on a stutter-and-go route midway through the fourth quarter. Cousins now has an 8:0 TD-to-INT ratio over his last two games, and a 20:3 TD-to-INT ratio over his last nine. The contract-year quarterback will close out his breakout season at Dallas in Week 17.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 11:59:00 PM

Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson believe they are building "trust" and "understanding."

Normally these types of platitudes can be dismissed, but the numbers and tape back up the rhetoric. Cousins' downfield accuracy has improved dramatically since Jackson returned to the lineup, and he is 9-of-14 on throws targeting Jackson more than 20 yards downfield. He is 8-of-37 to everyone else. Jackson's 77-yard touchdown against the Bills last week came on a play Cousins purposefully underthrew to give Jackson a shot at the ball. Jackson made the play, made a man miss and outran everyone else to the end zone. With Jackson in the fold, Cousins and the offense have much more explosive potential. Both are good plays against the Eagles.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 10:45:00 AM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins are "sold" on Kirk Cousins as their long-term quarterback and will retain him either via extension or the franchise tag this offseason.

Last year's quarterback tag cost a whopping $18.54 million. The Redskins will do everything they can to avoid that number on their salary cap in 2016, but the Post reports the organization remains undecided on Cousins' monetary value. How Cousins plays over the final two weeks and potentially in the playoffs will affect negotiations, but he should command at least $14 million a season with a decent chunk guaranteed. Cousins has thrown just three interceptions in the last eight games and is completing 69.7 percent of his passes this season.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 11:50:00 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 22-of-28 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins' 35-25, Week 15 win over the Bills.

He also rushed for a 13-yard touchdown on a 3rd-and-goal straight QB keeper. It was another strong game from Cousins, who tends to have big ones when the Redskins are at home. Without RCB Stephon Gilmore, the Bills offered zero resistance and let Cousins pick them apart right from the jump. Cousins was 6-of-6 for 73 yards and a three-yard touchdown to Jordan Reed on the opening drive. Cousins and Reed later hooked up for another score on a post from 18 yards away. Cousins' third touchdown was a YAC-aided 77-yard hookup with DeSean Jackson. The final touchdown was a 10-yard fade to Pierre Garcon. Cousins will have a plus Week 16 matchup at the Eagles, but he's not the same player on the road. Cousins will be a mid-range QB2.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 04:09:00 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 24-of-31 passes for 300 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Redskins' Week 14 win over the Bears.

He added 13 yards rushing on four scrambles, including a red-zone rushing TD on a zone-read bootleg. Cousins did let the Bears back in the game with a fourth-quarter interception, which set up Matt Forte's seven-yard rushing TD to even the score at 21-21. Cousins came back to lead a field goal drive, and the Redskins held off the Bears 24-21. Cousins will be a bottom-barrel QB2 when Washington takes on Buffalo next.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colt McCoy
2Robert Griffin III
RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3Silas Redd
4Mack Brown
GLB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Jamison Crowder
3Andre Roberts
4LaRon Byrd
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Ryan Grant
3Rashad Ross
WR31Jamison Crowder
TE1Jordan Reed
2Niles Paul
3Derek Carrier
4Marcel Jensen
LT1Trent Williams
2Tom Compton
3Takoby Cofield
LG1Spencer Long
2Arie Kouandjio
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
2Austin Reiter
RG1Brandon Scherff
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
K1Dustin Hopkins