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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
Contract: view contract details
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Profootballtalk.com reports Redskins GM Scot McCloughan did not meet Kirk Cousins' asking price in long-term talks because McCloughan believes he can find a cheaper replacement for Cousins "at some point in the next year or two."
In other words, the Skins view Cousins as a replacement-level quarterback. Specifically, Florio wrote McCloughan "believes he can find a comparable quarterback who will be much cheaper than Cousins, at some point in the next year or two." Florio reported Cousins wanted $44 million guaranteed at signing, far more than the $24 million McCloughan was willing to commit. As much as any quarterback in the league, Cousins has a ton riding on the 2016 season. Jul 18 - 11:08 PM

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NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Redskins' best long-term offer to Kirk Cousins before Friday was worth $16 million per year.

Friday was the deadline for teams to sign franchise players long term. GM Scot McCloughan wasn't willing to exceed $16 million annually and was offering only $24 million guaranteed. Letting Cousins play out this season on his $19.953 million tag could be best for both parties. The Redskins will get another full year to evaluate him and Cousins will have another season of tape with one of the NFL's top pass-catcher corps, which he could conceivably parlay into a monster deal with Washington or someone else in 2017.
Jul 17 - 1:04 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler reports the Redskins will not reach a deal with franchise player Kirk Cousins before Friday's deadline.

He'll become the first quarterback to play under the franchise tag since Drew Brees in 2005. The Redskins reportedly offered Cousins $16 million annually with up to $24 million guaranteed but that wasn't enough to close the gap. He's seeking a deal that would pay him at least $44 million over the first two seasons. The 27-year-old will earn $19.953 under the franchise tag in 2016.
Jul 15 - 3:28 PM

Profootballtalk confirms the Redskins are not expected to reach an extension with franchise player Kirk Cousins ahead of Friday's deadline.

PFT reported as such last week, and nothing has changed over the past seven days. Cousins is betting on himself, and the Redskins are making him prove his 2015 was not a fluke. It's a sensible strategy from both sides.
Jul 14 - 4:38 PM

A source with "knowledge of the situation" tells Profootballtalk there will be no long-term deal between the Redskins and franchise player Kirk Cousins before the July 15 deadline.

Per the source, even further negotiations are unlikely. This has been the expectation for months. Cousins is comfortable playing under his $19.953 million tender, while the Redskins — wisely — want to see him repeat his 2015 before handing out a cornerstone player contract. Cousins turns 28 next month.
Jul 8 - 1:03 AM

The Washington Post's Mike Jones reports franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins have "made no strides toward an agreement."

Jones reports the Redskins will make another push before the July 15 deadline, but "there’s not a high level of optimism that those efforts will prove successful." ESPN's Adam Schefter agrees, recently saying the deal will prove "too difficult" to get done. Franchise tagged players tend to sign long-term deals on deadline day, but this situation is trending in the other direction. It would not be surprising if Cousins played out this year under the tag.
Jul 5 - 11:29 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter does not believe the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins will reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

Schefter thinks it will be "too difficult" to find the right value. "I think there would be teams willing to pay him if he were on the open market today more than Washington feels like it needs to pay him," Schefter said. "I think a team like the Cleveland Browns would’ve given him $20 million a year, maybe more." Already set to earn $19.95 million guaranteed this season, there is little reason for Cousins to take less than $20 million per year on a new deal, and the Redskins might want to see another season before shelling out that kind of cash. These deals tend to get done on deadline day, but it is certainly possible Cousins plays out the season under the tag.
Jun 30 - 10:06 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports contract negotiations between the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins are "going nowhere."

Breer reports both sides expect Cousins to play out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag, which would pay him $19.95 million. Likely thinking he will be in an even better negotiating position this time next year, Cousins has little reason to accept a cut-rate deal before the July 15 deadline, and Washington likely wants to see him do it again before they shell out franchise-quarterback money. No matter how grim it looks in June, these deals usually get done at the deadline, but it would not be surprising if Cousins played out the season under the tag.
Source: MMQB
Jun 24 - 9:05 AM

Kirk Cousins said there has been "no progress to speak of" in contract negotiations.

Franchise tagged in March, Cousins and the Redskins have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. While the two sides might not have made much headway to this point, these deals usually go down the deadline, and Cousins appeared to acknowledge that reality. "July 15th will be a determining day," he said. "So stay tuned." We will Mr. Cousins.
Jun 11 - 11:10 AM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim said "there's little incentive" for Kirk Cousins to sign a long-term deal unless Washington meets his asking price.

Keim reports both sides want a long-term deal, but he predicts Cousins will play 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag. That decision could end up working for both sides. The Redskins are understandably hesitant to shell out long-term guarantees after one season, and Cousins probably thinks he will be in a better position to negotiate if he puts together another solid season. It would still be slightly surprising if the two sides did not work something out, but it is not out of the question.
Source: ESPN
May 31 - 1:20 PM

Kirk Cousins said he "can't wait" to utilize the talented weapons surrounding him on offense.

Not coincidentally, Cousins' big second-half surge correlated with the emergence of Jordan Reed and the healthy return of DeSean Jackson. With those two back and first-round WR Josh Doctson added to the mix, Cousins has an even better group of weapons to target this year. With all that talent around him, Cousins would make for an upside QB2 pick, but his affinity for the band Creed renders him nearly undraftable.
May 19 - 12:04 PM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins will be with the team "a long time."

McCloughan once again called the ongoing negotiations "positive," but he admitted there has not been any significant progress. For his part, Cousins said he is not worrying about a long-term deal. This situation will almost certainly go down to the July 15 deadline, but it would be a surprise if the two sides did not work something out.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 12:16 PM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said contract negotiations with franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins have been "positive."

McCloughan added the team "would love" to get a long-term deal done prior to the July 15 deadline. While that is certainly true, McCloughan made it sound like he was comfortable with Cousins playing out the year under the tag in an interview earlier this month. These deals usually get done close to or on deadline day, so it is unlikely there is much movement in negotiations until July.
Apr 26 - 11:14 AM

Speaking in an interview with Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, Redskins GM Scot McCloughan hinted he'll let Kirk Cousins play out 2016 under the franchise tag.

"Let me overpay him if he’s good," McCloughan said. "If you have a productive guy, it helps everything, and it proves out." The sides were miles apart in long-term talks before Cousins was tagged. There haven't been any reports of progress since the start of free agency. The sides have until July 15 to reach a multi-year deal.
Apr 12 - 3:50 PM

The Redskins expect to resume long-term talks with Kirk Cousins after free agency dies down.

"I’m sure his agent will engage us again in talks," were the words of team president Bruce Allen. Allen is putting the onus on Cousins, but the ball is in the team's court. Cousins appears content to play out 2016 under his $19.953 million franchise tender, with an eye toward an even bigger payday next offseason. The sides have until July 15 to reach an accord.
Mar 11 - 1:25 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Nate Sudfeld
RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3Keith Marshall
4Mack Brown
5Rob Kelley
GLB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Jamison Crowder
3Rashad Ross
4Maurice Harris
5Reggie Diggs
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Josh Doctson
3Ryan Grant
4Valdez Showers
5Jarvis Turner
WR31Jamison Crowder
TE1Jordan Reed
2Niles Paul
3Vernon Davis
4Logan Paulsen
5Derek Carrier
LT1Trent Williams
2Takoby Cofield
3Cody Booth
LG1Spencer Long
2Shawn Lauvao
3Al Bond
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
2Josh LeRibeus
3Austin Reiter
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Arie Kouandjio
3Nila Kasitati
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
3Kevin Bowen
K1Dustin Hopkins