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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Team president Bruce Allen said the Redskins would be willing to place the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins next offseason.
"Yes," Allen said when asked directly about tagging Cousins for the third year in a row. "We really have one year and an option that we can do at the end of next season if we don’t get a contract." Tagging a player three years in a row is intentionally cost prohibitive, and Cousins would be due $34 million if Washington tags him again next spring. The Redskins do have other options, including the transition tag ($28 million) and non-exclusive franchise tag which would both offer the right of first refusal if Cousins signs an offer sheet somewhere else. Of course, all of this madness could be avoided if Washington matches Cousins' contract demands by the July 15 deadline, but that is unlikely at this point. May 23 - 10:03 AM

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Redskins president Bruce Allen said the July 15 deadline for a long-term deal is "the driving point" in negotiations with franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins.

Allen said the team has maintained "constant dialogue" with Cousins' camp and he is "still optimistic" something will get done. That optimism seems unsupported by the facts on the ground, but Allen is right that deadlines drive action. Perhaps the Redskins and Cousins will surprise us this summer.
May 22 - 9:52 AM

ESPN's John Keim thinks there is less than a 50-percent chance walk-year QB Kirk Cousins signs a long-term deal with the Redskins before the season.

It is not a surprising belief considering neither side has expressed optimism and coach Jay Gruden recently dodged the question entirely, saying, "I know he’s gonna be here this season, and that’s all I care about." Perhaps something changes if Washington is able to put together a playoff run, but right now the two sides seem headed toward a divorce next spring.
May 20 - 9:27 AM

Asked about Kirk Cousins' contract situation, coach Jay Gruden said "I know he’s gonna be here this season, and that’s all I care about."

"My approach, really: I’m not gonna be concerned about it," Gruden insisted. We wouldn't expect Gruden to be expansive on the matter, but the fact he wouldn't offer up even a boilerplate quote about Cousins remaining with the team beyond 2017 is interesting. The Redskins committed to hardball with their quarterback, and have not let up. It's safe to say Cousins won't forget that during talks.
May 15 - 3:08 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown called NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's report that Cleveland is trying to trade for Kirk Cousins "bad reporting."

Brown realizes the Browns need to find a quarterback and wouldn't rule out trading for a veteran, but it doesn't sound like anything is in the works with the Redskins. Cleveland acquired a second 2018 first-rounder in trading back from No. 12, allowing the Texans to take Deshaun Watson, and Brown admitted that pick could be shopped as part of a package to acquire a QB of the future. Expect Cleveland to continue to be linked to Jimmy Garoppolo and A.J. McCarron.
Apr 28 - 10:15 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are "trying to trade for Kirk Cousins."

"Trying to trade for" can mean a lot of things, and Rapoport's on-air report did not make it seem like the two teams were even discussing a deal. The Washington Post's Mike Jones reports the Redskins still "don't have plans to trade Cousins." There is probably nothing in this, but the Browns do have the ammunition to make a Godfather offer if they so choose.
Apr 27 - 8:50 PM

Talking to Peter King on The MMQB Podcast, Kirk Cousins said he wants "to be where I’m wanted."

"That’s what I’ve said all along," Cousins continued. "When a team is willing to step up and commit to me fully for the long haul, then why would I want to be anywhere else?" Cousins added he loves Washington's organization and fan base and wants to "add to that great history," but that does not mean he is going to sign the cut-rate deal (relatively speaking) the Redskins have reportedly offered. If they are serious about keeping Cousins around, they have a lot of work to do to prove he is "wanted."
Apr 20 - 9:58 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Kirk Cousins said the next move was up to the Redskins in long-term talks.

"The ball's in the team's court," Cousins said. "I'm under contract, (and I'm) comfortable playing under the contract I signed." Cousins also said he's been assured he won't be traded. According to multiple reports, the Redskins have yet to offer Cousins more than $20 million per season. It signals a lack of seriousness in the current quarterback market. Cousins seems legitimately content to once again bet on himself and head to free agency in 2018.
Apr 11 - 7:21 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden acknowledged the team has several issues to fix in the red zone.

Washington converted just 46 percent of their red-zone opportunities into touchdowns last season, which was better than only the Texans and Jets. They addressed the issue somewhat by adding 6-foot-4 Terrelle Pryor, 6-foot-3 Brian Quick, and getting back 6-foot-2 sophomore Josh Doctson from injury, but Gruden does not think size outside is the panacea for red-zone woes. "There’s other issues, without a doubt," Gruden said. "Our running game has got to improve down there ... and some of the pass concepts, we’ve got to get our quarterback more comfortable." Gruden added Kirk Cousins can help the situation by buying time and extending plays on his own. Despite impressive yardage production last season, Washington's offense has plenty of room to grow.
Apr 4 - 10:12 AM

According to ESPN's John Keim, the Redskins' offer to Kirk Cousins was for five years and around $20 million annually.

The $20 million annual salary had already been reported, but this is the first mention of a five-year offer. Per Keim, the five-year extension would have been on top of Cousins' $23.94 million franchise tag for 2017, essentially making it a six-year pact. The deal was reportedly low on guarantees, which obviously wasn't going to fly with Cousins. Keim expects Cousins to "wait and see how things play out" this season before committing to the Redskins long term. There were rumblings earlier this offseason that Cousins was interested in reuniting with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, possibly in 2018.
Apr 2 - 10:55 AM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins haven't made Kirk Cousins an offer since February.

Per reporter Mike Jones, the Redskins are still offering "roughly" $20 million per year and "low guarantees." In real-world terms, it's a boat load of money. In franchise quarterback terms, it's an insult. The Redskins are not going to win Cousins back without significantly sweetening their offer, something dictatorial front office power struggle winner Bruce Allen seems loath to do.
Mar 30 - 6:39 PM

Redskins president Bruce Allen remained adamant Sunday that Kirk Cousins isn't leaving Washington.

"That’s why we franchised him," said Allen. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven’t talked to anyone." Allen's historical lack of trustworthiness renders his words insignificant. Cousins will become far likelier to stay with the Redskins if the draft comes and goes without him being traded.
Mar 26 - 10:21 PM

The Washington Post considers "just before the draft" the most likely time for a Kirk Cousins trade.

Reporter Mike Jones was quick to add there's "no indication" the Redskins have grown more amenable to a move. Jones correctly identifies the best trade window, as that's when Washington's leverage with other teams will be highest. It will decrease dramatically following the league's three days in Philadelphia. At this point, de facto GM Bruce Allen seems intent on holding onto Cousins no matter how much the would-be franchise quarterback resents him.
Mar 21 - 6:39 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns "aren't expected" to make a run at Redskins franchise player Kirk Cousins, but that three other teams have in the past 10 days and were "immediately turned down."

Profootballtalk reported Tuesday there's a "growing belief" in league circles Cleveland will make a play for Washington's disgruntled quarterback. Beat writer Mary Kay Cabot reports it's unlikely because of both the draft pick compensation and contract the rebuilding Browns would have to shell out. It's still not a categorical denial. The Redskins have adopted a "This Is Fine." public posture with their quarterback, but the rest of the league isn't buying it.
Mar 14 - 7:09 PM

Profootballtalk reports there's a "growing belief" in league circles the Browns could pursue Redskins franchise player Kirk Cousins.

Per a league source, Cousins' concern upon signing the franchise tag was that he could be traded, "specifically" to Cleveland. The Browns have the cap space, draft picks and need to pursue a deal. Were Cousins to be acquired without a long-term contract already in tow, the sides would have until July 15 to come to an agreement. Although he's tried to tamp down the speculation in recent days, Cousins appears bitterly unhappy in Washington.
Mar 14 - 4:29 PM

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QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Nate Sudfeld
RB1Rob Kelley
2Chris Thompson
3Samaje Perine
4Matt Jones
5Mack Brown
GLB1Rob Kelley
2Samaje Perine
3RB1Chris Thompson
2Rob Kelley
WR11Terrelle Pryor
2Josh Doctson
3Maurice Harris
4Robert Davis
5Kendal Thompson
WR21Jamison Crowder
2Brian Quick
3Ryan Grant
4Matt Hazel
5Reggie Diggs
WR31Josh Doctson
TE1Jordan Reed
2Vernon Davis
3Niles Paul
4Jeremy Sprinkle
5Derek Carrier
LT1Trent Williams
2Ty Nsekhe
3John Kling
LG1Shawn Lauvao
2Isaiah Williams
3Ronald Patrick
C1Spencer Long
2Chase Roullier
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Arie Kouandjio
3Kyle Kalis
RT1Morgan Moses
2Vinston Painter
3Kevin Bowen
K1Dustin Hopkins