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Kirk Cousins gets the franchise tag too

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Washington seemed legitimately torn over what to do with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

But in the NFL, you’ve either got a quarterback you trust or you’re looking for one, and the team didn’t want to look again.

Per multiple reports, they’ve used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, committing $19.953 million to a guy who was good for half a season.

The quarterback market is such the Cousins would have been a hot commodity, so regardless their reservations, they couldn’t let Cousins reach it.

They can still work on a long-term deal prior to July 15, but it might be hard to establish his value now that he’s already guaranteed nearly $20 million for a single season establishing what he’ll think is the floor.

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82 Responses to “Kirk Cousins gets the franchise tag too”
  1. fumblenuts says: Mar 1, 2016 1:20 PM

    YOU LIKE THAT?????

  2. exsquidao says: Mar 1, 2016 1:20 PM

    WOW…..So not worth that money.

  3. floratiotime says: Mar 1, 2016 1:20 PM

    Sweet … $20 million.

  4. key2heat says: Mar 1, 2016 1:23 PM

    Now that $19.6 million will be his minimum when he gets a contract from Washington. $19.6 million to a QB who has never beat a winning team…

  5. kcchefs58 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:25 PM

    The Skins are turning into the Browns.

  6. stevejjones says: Mar 1, 2016 1:26 PM

    Now that Kirk is locked up hopefully they can work out a deal for Robert to move over to receiver. He’s very athletic and articulate and will be a testament.

  7. steelerben says: Mar 1, 2016 1:27 PM

    A long term deal that doesn’t offer options to void or that give all the guaranteed money up front instead of season by season is a HUGE roll of the dice for someone that, despite uttering a catchy phrase and stringing together a decent few games, has proven ANYTHING.

    Washington is just scrawling out from under that terrible deal for Griffin, it seems a shame to bury themselves under a different terrible deal.

  8. msarcher1 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:27 PM

    I like that.

  9. weepingjebus says: Mar 1, 2016 1:28 PM

    “Do you sufficiently appreciate that!”

  10. hawkychick says: Mar 1, 2016 1:28 PM

    A classic example of Supply & Demand…
    WOW…

  11. johnnytubetop says: Mar 1, 2016 1:29 PM

    I could definitely be mediocre for that kind of money.

  12. burgundyandgold says: Mar 1, 2016 1:30 PM

    What were they supposed to do? Let him walk? Who cares, not our money. Kirk is a good kid, hopefully he will keep getting better, if not, he’s gone.

  13. tvguy22 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:30 PM

    Redskins.

  14. boyso3 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:30 PM

    I know that Brady purposely took a pay cut but when I see him making $14 million a year and Kirk friggen Cousins getting $20 million a year I can’t help but wonder what the hell is going on in the NFL. And I thought the Joe Flacco contract was ridiculous.

  15. bamboozle99 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:32 PM

    Why would he want to sign a long term deal now?

  16. realdealsteel says: Mar 1, 2016 1:33 PM

    But…

    If he leads the Redskins to a 10 win season, all this mediocrity talk stops doesn’t it?

    If the skins put the right pieces around him, they could win 10 games in that division. Their new GM has them headed in the right direction.

  17. laxcoach37 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:33 PM

    I guess Tannehill at $12.8M is a bargain then? This comment is not incite or Troll Skins Fans either. The new NFL is full of overpaid players because the system is so messed up; especially for teams trying to find the elusive “Franchise QB”. About 25 teams sit in this situation with about 7-10 of them with hopes they made the right decision.

  18. key2heat says: Mar 1, 2016 1:35 PM

    If Washington’s salary cap had a twitter feed i would tweet it and ask You Like THAT!!!? Take that punch in the gut Mr. Salary cap.

  19. lionsntigersnbearsohmy says: Mar 1, 2016 1:38 PM

    Hope he makes it big there.

  20. logicalvoicepft says: Mar 1, 2016 1:38 PM

    This guy is a fraud. I’m so sad we are about to let RGIII go for this fraud. Desean and Reed made him look good. RGIII is filet mingon. Cousins is the chicken at the local supermarket.

  21. humnbass says: Mar 1, 2016 1:39 PM

    The NFL is screwed up like this because a contract ISN’T A CONTRACT!!!!! and everybody is trying to get all that they can up front before they get cut with 3 years left on the deal. If NFL contracts were worth anything, it wouldn’t be like this. Get it while you can.

  22. newsletterczar says: Mar 1, 2016 1:39 PM

    The situation with the Redskins is not that different from what Seattle faced with Russell Wilson (Rotoworld says Wilson got 60 million guaranteed); the team does not want to pay him all this money but if they don’t who is going to play the most important position on the field? Now Wilson had (has) a much better resume (on a far, far more talented and accomplished team) and could very easily be in line for another huge payday before his career is over and I am hoping Kirk goes full Flacco (bets on himself, wins a super bowl and then becomes a free agent) but if teams figure him out this year and he turns into Nick Foles then a one year contract even at $19.6 million looks like a much better deal.

  23. karlpilkington says: Mar 1, 2016 1:44 PM

    Skins fans. Don’t listen to all this mess.. either you have a qb or your looking for one.. hopefully we found our qb. The people saying things are either rg fans or are peanut butter and jealous.

  24. vikings1234 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:44 PM

    I don’t think they had much of a choice. The tag allows them to have another year to decide if he is “the guy”. If they let him go else ware and he turns out to be the next TB12 they would never hear the end of it. If they sign him to a long term contract and he turns out to be a Jamarcus they would never hear the end of it either. This is the best (though expensive) choice.

  25. tiger2471 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:49 PM

    Ridiculous.

  26. jetsarestacked says: Mar 1, 2016 1:49 PM

    dude is a scrub, but you can’t fault the skins for tagging him. qbs are expensive and there are few decent ones.

  27. cdrion21 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:52 PM

    I guess Tannehill at $12.8M is a bargain then? This comment is not incite or Troll Skins Fans either. The new NFL is full of overpaid players because the system is so messed up; especially for teams trying to find the elusive “Franchise QB”. About 25 teams sit in this situation with about 7-10 of them with hopes they made the right decision.

    The difference is its a one year deal. If Cousins doesnt play well the skins can get out of the contract. The Dolphins cant do that with Tannehill and his cap space will only grow. Does Kirk Cousins deserve 20 million? No. But he was a top qb last year and his contract was up. This is what happens when you play a position of need and play it well in a contract year. Hard to blame the skins for this decision.

  28. baddegg says: Mar 1, 2016 1:53 PM

    All these folks judging Washington don’t seem to understand football. They couldn’t let him leave and start over again. You all just want to put the Redskins down. If they would have let Cousins walk, the same trolls would have written, “LOL, now the skins are left with Griffin and Colt. Welcome back down to the basement, losers. LOLOLOL.”

    Can’t win with trolls.

  29. floratiotime says: Mar 1, 2016 1:53 PM

    “If he leads the Redskins to a 10 win season, all this mediocrity talk stops doesn’t it?”

    The Broncos went 12-4 then won the Superbowl. That didn’t make Peyton Manning more than mediocre.

  30. williamjg says: Mar 1, 2016 1:54 PM

    For all those criticizing the move, I’d like to hear your alternative plan…and no, go with Colt McCoy is not going to cut it.

    Only other thing I’d possibly consider is trading him to the browns for the 2nd overall pick and drafting Goff/Wentz.

  31. skinsdiehard says: Mar 1, 2016 1:54 PM

    kcchefs58 says:
    Mar 1, 2016 1:25 PM
    The Skins are turning into the Browns.
    ——————————————————-
    Except that we’ve won our division in 2 of the last 4 years, won 3 Superbowls and won 5 conference Championships.

    Cousins finished in top 5 in QB rating and #1 in completion percentage in 2015 and oh won his division at 9-7.

    I can see how the Browns and Redskins are a lot a like.

    Kiss the Rings
    HTTR

  32. bigblackanvil says: Mar 1, 2016 1:54 PM

    We’ll be 3-13 next year for sure. smh

  33. jag1959 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:55 PM

    He was a good soldier and kept his mouth shut and his shoulder to the wheel throughout the RGme debacle. He played his way in to this position and got the payday, good for him. As far as the dollar amount goes that’s the market rate and that is hardly of his doing. The kid is tough as nails and a real competitor. It may not always be pretty but he keeps getting back up and trying to get it done, reminds me of Stabler that way. And this is coming from a Giants Guy

  34. mightymightylafootball says: Mar 1, 2016 2:00 PM

    “…he’s already guaranteed nearly $20 million for a single season establishing what he’ll think is the floor.”

    Why would that be the floor?

    If your employer offered you $22m for two years, or $18m for 5 years, what would you take?

  35. mnesmith77 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:01 PM

    The pressure is now on Kirk Cousins to prove that he is worth that 20 million. We put our self in that position. By giving up as much as we gave up for RG3 we had to give him every opportunity to fail.

    RG3 as a starter this year would not have taken us to a division title no matter how bad the division was. Kirk’s attitude through the whole back up to starter to getting benched was the type of attitude you can deal with and want your Franchise QB to have. Given the starting job three weeks into preseason I expected him to start slow but as the season progressed and the playbook opened up he looked better than any QB we have had in the last decade.

    Lets just hope with another season under his belt and a whole offseason as a starter that we see a giant leap from what he did over the last 10 games. #HTTR

  36. cjonesaf says: Mar 1, 2016 2:04 PM

    Good for Kirk; he kept his mouth shut, worked hard in a bad situation (getting drafted behind a Heisman winner and number two overall pick), and overcame early poor play to become a serviceable+ starter who can make plays and win games.

    I hope he’s the long term guy for the ‘Skins – the NFL will be better for it if we have more good quarterback play with less drama.

  37. olskool711 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:04 PM

    The question that comes to my mind is…

    if he was available on the trade market would you support your team giving up a second rounder for him?

    I wouldn’t.

    But, I hope for the best for him. Go out and earn it Kurt.

  38. granadafan says: Mar 1, 2016 2:04 PM

    This just goes to show how valuable the QB position is in the NFL where a mediocre player can make $20 million. Insanity. If he’s worth $20 mil, then Aaron Rodgers should get $40, but that’s not going to happen.

  39. bjwbrown2011 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:05 PM

    You’ve got to like the fact that the Redskins are daring the rest of the league to sign him for two first round picks.

    Its the right move, if he gets a great offer somewhere else, let him walk and use those two first round picks to build strength. If no one signs him then make him prove that he’s worth putting your next 4 years into, if he fans out this year they can just let him go free of charge.

  40. intrafinesse says: Mar 1, 2016 2:14 PM

    The beauty is – if Kirk Cousings turns out to be a good QB (good, not elite) he can get a kings ransom next year. Either the Red Skins pay through the nose, or some other team like Cleveland will.

    Ask yourself this – if you have a bad QB (like Cleveland has had for 20 years), would you overpay the QB 5M/year, and finally be able to stop worrying about the position?

  41. burakuzy6592 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:20 PM

    Did some moron on here really just compare the Skins to the Browns? won the division, went to the playoffs, plenty of cap space and a GM who has sent multiple teams to the SB… hahahahaha what a bunch of bafoons. Any team that wins will have to pay the piper if they want a GOOD qb in this league, and that is the going rate.

  42. dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:20 PM

    C mon man!!!!! How is a guy with a top 5 passer rating mediocre??? Did you watch him play or are you just judging him off of last year? I know I know he didnt beat a winning team and all but you fail to realize that winning grows and thats a pretty good start!!!!!

  43. kenrobinson12 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:24 PM

    $19.6 million for Cousins makes $28.6 million for Flacco look acceptable. I will laugh if after re-doing his deal Flacco has a lower ‘on paper’ value this year.

  44. burakuzy6592 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:24 PM

    The Skins basically just took the $$$ from RG3 and handed it to Cousins for this year, still plenty of $$$ and ask the Rams how that RG3 trade worked out…… nothing but a bunch of wasted picks, no sweat here in DC

  45. skins1970 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:25 PM

    Scot McCloughan knows what he is doing. If the other 3 teams in the division wna to wion they should follow the Redskins model got it?

  46. 6thsense10 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:26 PM

    The Skins had no choice. What other options do they have if they let cousins walk?

    4,166 passing yards, 69.8% completions, 29 Tds, 11 ints. He would command a contract near the top of the market if was allowed to hit it with multiple teams bidding for his services. Or did we forget that teams used to hand out monster contracts to 1st round QBS with no experience.

    There is no way Cousins would have signed a mid level contract with 25 -30 million guaranteed over 4 or 5 years when he can get 20 million guaranteed just for this year and at wrose 4 million as a backup next year if he bombs as a starter this season.

  47. theheyseed says: Mar 1, 2016 2:29 PM

    Good move for Kirk and the Redskins.
    This is the year for fans in the Washington area.
    Redskins, Caps, and Nationals.

    REDSKINS

  48. humpofdc says: Mar 1, 2016 2:33 PM

    Let’s see if he is worth it.

  49. ttommytom says: Mar 1, 2016 2:33 PM

    skinsdiehard says:
    Mar 1, 2016 1:54 PM
    kcchefs58 says:
    Mar 1, 2016 1:25 PM
    The Skins are turning into the Browns.
    ——————————————————-
    Except that we’ve won our division in 2 of the last 4 years, won 3 Superbowls and won 5 conference Championships.

    ===========

    The Browns have been in NINE NFL championship games and won FOUR of them.

    PS
    I do agree the original comment was dumb as Cleveland has been a mess for a long time but then so has Washington.

    Basically Dan Snyder’s mess is finally getting cleaned up by a competent to potentially great GM.

  50. pdway says: Mar 1, 2016 2:44 PM

    “The situation with the Redskins is not that different from what Seattle faced with Russell Wilson (Rotoworld says Wilson got 60 million guaranteed); the team does not want to pay him all this money but if they don’t who is going to play the most important position on the field?”

    that’s exactly right – and the other part of that equation is if there is another QB-needy team that would pay them something like that number if the Skins (or Hawks) decided not to put up the money. For both players, the answer to that question is probably yes. So what are you gonna do, go back to the crapshoot of trying to find a QB in the draft? that could set you back a couple years. It’s just the QB market right now.

  51. smiley4284 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:50 PM

    Did someone say the Redskins are the “new” Browns? As a Browns fan, I WISH we had the stability the Redskins are developing. And I also wish we had their history!!!!!!

  52. buccedtb says: Mar 1, 2016 2:55 PM

    Wow- guess Scot McCloughan needs to check back into rehab- think the smarter move would have been to ride with C. McCoy- same result probably but wayyyy cheaper- did you watch that playoff game where the skins got obliterated when they finally played a team with a winning record?

  53. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 1, 2016 2:59 PM

    Did he sign it the second after it was announced?

  54. oldandgrumpy72 says: Mar 1, 2016 3:06 PM

    Crazy! He better sign that ASAP.

  55. hendawg21 says: Mar 1, 2016 3:17 PM

    Let’s not just pick on Cousins and see he isn’t worth it, to be honest, all professional athletes are way overpaid to play a game let’s not fool ourselves this is just insane.

  56. pkrjones says: Mar 1, 2016 3:19 PM

    Cousins screwed-up… should have signed a Stafford-like 3 yr. $50+Mil deal with $30Mil guaranteed while teams are interested. Injury or average play will cost him a big $$ deal, now.

  57. baddegg says: Mar 1, 2016 3:23 PM

    OK, all you guys are right. I wish the Redskins still had Rex Grossman at QB. Then we could pay our QB vet minimum and all the posters would think we were brilliant. Right?
    Just like how the Griffin trade doomed the Redskins to perpetual failure and vaulted the Rams to multiple Super Bowls. You don’t have to play actual football games anymore. All you have to do is dial up the Internet Box and listen to the Experts tell you who the winners and losers are.

  58. edwicy says: Mar 1, 2016 3:26 PM

    Kirk, sign it now before they change their minds!

  59. patslaya says: Mar 1, 2016 3:28 PM

    The Browns are turning into the Skins

  60. mwcarolina says: Mar 1, 2016 3:28 PM

    The Broncos went 12-4 then won the Superbowl. That didn’t make Peyton Manning more than mediocre.
    ———————————————————-
    firstly, the Redskins aren’t the Browns because if they were, then they’d let him walk, cut RG3 and then sign Manziel or draft a QB bust in round 1 who has major red flags.

    as for the comparison above, this is a different situation. the Redskins dont have 2 stud corners and a young corner with potential along with a stud pass rush and run defense. the Redskins defense is really leaky. they won games with offense, not defense while the Broncos won with great defense and Manning managing the game.

    as for the franchise tagging, i like that (pun intended). Cousins could be a one hit wonder or he could be a star, if he’s a star, he’ll get signed long term, but if not, then my hope is that the Redskins have a future QB ready to replace him. my hope is that in round 5, Jeff Driskel is still on the board and that the Redskins draft him.

  61. fwippel says: Mar 1, 2016 3:30 PM

    I hope he likes that.

  62. renhoekk2 says: Mar 1, 2016 3:35 PM

    Love the haters. They played three teams with a winning record last season. Defending Champs NE, 15-1 CAR and the NYJ. All on the road. Go check the stats for the games and see how much help Cousins got from the running game and defense. The most they rushed for in any of those games was 36yds. For the entire game. 14yds against CAR. The defense gave up an avg of about 430yds. The Redskins finished the season with the 20th ranked rushing offense and 28th ranked defense. So Kirk wasn’t getting much help in any game.

    The playoff game? That 28th ranked defense let the Packers score on 5 straight possessions. The OL almost got him killed. 6 sacks and 11 other hits. He still completed 63% for 329 and 1 TD and 1 rush TD 0 INT’s, and 91.7 Rating. They didn’t lose because of Cousins performance.

  63. firesnyder says: Mar 1, 2016 4:01 PM

    renhoekk2 says:
    Mar 1, 2016 3:35 PM

    Love the haters. They played three teams with a winning record last season. Defending Champs NE, 15-1 CAR and the NYJ. All on the road. Go check the stats for the games and see how much help Cousins got from the running game and defense. The most they rushed for in any of those games was 36yds. For the entire game. 14yds against CAR. The defense gave up an avg of about 430yds. The Redskins finished the season with the 20th ranked rushing offense and 28th ranked defense. So Kirk wasn’t getting much help in any game.

    The playoff game? That 28th ranked defense let the Packers score on 5 straight possessions. The OL almost got him killed. 6 sacks and 11 other hits. He still completed 63% for 329 and 1 TD and 1 rush TD 0 INT’s, and 91.7 Rating. They didn’t lose because of Cousins performance.

    ——————-

    Best post of the day!! Sooooo true.

  64. skins1970 says: Mar 1, 2016 4:05 PM

    I guess some who said Kirk was awful against Green Bay must not have seen the game. The defense was the reason the REDSKINS lost. How many times does that have to say. People need to use their eyes instead of believing what they read in the media.

  65. ncphinsfan says: Mar 1, 2016 4:24 PM

    cdrion21 says:
    Mar 1, 2016 1:52 PM
    I guess Tannehill at $12.8M is a bargain then? This comment is not incite or Troll Skins Fans either. The new NFL is full of overpaid players because the system is so messed up; especially for teams trying to find the elusive “Franchise QB”. About 25 teams sit in this situation with about 7-10 of them with hopes they made the right decision.

    The difference is its a one year deal. If Cousins doesnt play well the skins can get out of the contract. The Dolphins cant do that with Tannehill and his cap space will only grow. Does Kirk Cousins deserve 20 million? No. But he was a top qb last year and his contract was up. This is what happens when you play a position of need and play it well in a contract year. Hard to blame the skins for this decision.

    ————————
    Absolutely, not true. You don’t follow the Dolphins. Tannehills Contract is only Guaranteed for 2016. He can be cut next year with no residue at all. If they keep him, it balloons to $19M for 4 years and evetually adds up to the nonsense of $90M.

  66. keeppounding says: Mar 1, 2016 4:25 PM

    I want to say I’m surprised about the terrible decisions the redskins make.. But I’m not.

  67. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 1, 2016 4:28 PM

    The problem with this that Redskins fans are failing to realize is the last part of Gantt’s story. Sure you don’t want to see Kirk walk, and I think a lot of commenters are going overboard about his level of play, but the Redskins just absolutely torpedoed any chance of signing him long term this year. Unless they do come up with some jacked up contract with a ton of guaranteed money that Kirk wants to protect from injury, Gantt is absolutely right that this sets the bar, and gets rid of any incentive for Kirk to work a long term deal. So you just rented him for almost $20 million, AND if he performs again at a similar level where he’s not Tom Brady, but definitely worth keeping, that jumps next year to like $23 million or something.

  68. skinsrock says: Mar 1, 2016 4:35 PM

    Sometimes I like to be the first person to post… Sometimes, I like to wait and see all the hate before I begin to spew my venom. The people who hate obviously only see Kirk on Sports Center… The reason Kirk didn’t win games against the good teams is because the team WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH to win any of those games, except you give us the Dolphins or the Falcons during the second half of the Redskins schedule and we win those games. The simple fact is as many bodies the Redskins brought off the street to bandage their entire secondary & parts of their LB core; they simply couldn’t stop teams w/ Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, & Cam Newton. They WERE STARTING WILL FREAKIN BLACKMON at CB.

    Next Argument… Oh the Cowboys would of won the division if they had Tony Romo… Oh… Really? Because the Cowboys have never let their fans down before. The thing I wonder is … How much better would the Redskins have been if they had Junior Gallette, their #1 TE Niles Paul, Their #1 or 2 CB Chris Culliver, had their Starting Safety Duke Ihenacho?

    Back to Kirk… The kid has gotten better every year and he began making the right calls at the line of scrimmage including audibles, reading defenses, and when they finally took the training wheels off and got DJax back… The offense was almost unstoppable at times. All he does is study… I mean the kid micro manages his day in 15 minute increments… He’s like rain man… He can only get better… Kirk isn’t the reason we lost to the Packers, the D gave up 35 to the discount double-check. The Redskins had zero running game the second half of the season… So he wasn’t just some game manager… He was putting up big numbers per completion. Next season, it looks like as of right now, they are getting the band back together w/ DJax and Garcon… not to mention they could have even more pieces through the draft w/ a stud picking the groceries. Cle, Philly, Det, Mia, Hou, LA, Mia (Yes Tannehill stinks) and whoever else needs a QB… You draft your guy… I’ll take Capt. Kirk and I guarantee The Redskins will be having a parade before YOU!

  69. thejohnsmith1122 says: Mar 1, 2016 5:17 PM

    Now that they tagged him for almost $20 million, I wouldn’t be surprised if they bench him halfway through the season, just because it’s the kind of thing the Redskins would do if Cousins isn’t over .500.

  70. karlpilkington says: Mar 1, 2016 5:53 PM

    Yeah @ thejohnsmith1122. That’s exactly what they will do. So silly.

  71. joparks2012 says: Mar 1, 2016 6:43 PM

    To the ship of fools commenters who think this is the worst move ever, when you run through the alternatives and come back down to Realityville, you are going to realize that the only option was to tag him.

    You need a QB in this league. For Skins fans who say we have RGIII or we have Colt, you can’t be serious. If you are, then I feel sorry for you.

    Lastly, to those who think he’s too expensive. If a guy isn’t going to sign for less, because there is a disconnect on the value of his body of work versus the last 10 games, it was the only option. If the Skins had alternatives, maybe they could have let him walk but RGIII and Colt are not such options and they couldn’t seriously compete next year going into the season without a QB. It would be like 2011 all over again.

  72. buccedtb says: Mar 1, 2016 6:56 PM

    BROWNSKINS!!!

  73. jacktheraven says: Mar 1, 2016 8:49 PM

    WOW. Joe Flacco is a steal!

  74. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 1, 2016 9:48 PM

    Kirk Cousins is a winner.
    Because he just won.

  75. bigbenh8tr says: Mar 1, 2016 10:22 PM

    Hahahaha

    1 year deal to figure out 8if he can be the game manager behind the defense they are trying to build.

    Could have just drafted Connor cook and used that money on a DB considering how abysmal the secondary has been for…….7 years?

  76. redskinsareok says: Mar 1, 2016 10:26 PM

    Who would that thunk it a few short years ago…

  77. Sypherman says: Mar 2, 2016 3:19 AM

    To those that think this is an overpay, I agree with you. But, who else are the Redskins supposed to go after? Not like there are many talented QB’s out there. After the failed experiment that was RGIII, Cousins did a serviceable job this season. If you get him better weapons at WR and a better line to help the run game, maybe he continues to perform well. The NFL is so hard to predict how a player will perform from year to year. Take Andrew Luck, widely considered the best QB going into the season, and look how he did. Outplayed by a 40 year old backup for most of the season.

    For one season, I’ll take the 20 million chance on Cousins. I don’t like the salary, but as long as keeping him leads to wins, I don’t care what Cousins is making.

  78. ravenswinsuperbowl47 says: Mar 2, 2016 5:36 AM

    Good move by the Redskins.

    Facing the tougher defenses and brutal schedule of the AFC North, NFC North, and NFC 1st place 2015 finishers, the 2016 version of Cousins will likely look more like the turnover machine of the 2013/14 seasons than a franchise QB in the making. He’ll likely be dealing from a position of weakness this time next year. If he surprises – by having a full season resembling the latter half of 2015 – the Redskins will be happy to reward him with a top 10 QB $100+ million deal.

    Either way, the Redskins win via this move.

  79. SilentMajority says: Mar 2, 2016 8:03 AM

    …and people thought Jay Cutler was over paid.

  80. nhpats says: Mar 2, 2016 9:21 AM

    key2heat says:
    Mar 1, 2016 1:23 PM
    Now that $19.6 million will be his minimum when he gets a contract from Washington. $19.6 million to a QB who has never beat a winning team…

    ————–

    Sure, but he already has as many playoff wins as Andy Dalton…..and fewer losses. But then again, so does some kid who hasn’t been drafted yet.

  81. metalman5150 says: Mar 2, 2016 9:26 AM

    Haha at all the haters.

    At least the Skins have a QB that is worthy of making 20$$.

    If you aint paying a QB 20+ / yr then you don’t have one worth it.

  82. bigblackanvil says: Mar 2, 2016 9:47 AM

    Kirk will get an offer from another team. the redskins will not match it. they will opt for the two, 1st round picks.#HTTR

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