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Washington was worried about Eagles making a run at Kirk Cousins

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It seemed to be a coincidence that the Eagles signed quarterback Sam Bradford to a new contract not long after Washington applied the franchise tag to quarterback Kirk Cousins. It may not have been.

Per a league source, Washington was concerned that the Eagles would make a run at Cousins, if Washington either didn’t tag him at all, or if Washington applied only the transition tag.

From the perspective of the new coaching staff in Philadelphia, Bradford is as much of a stranger as Cousins would have been. However, Cousins has more experience in the West Coast offense that traces both through Eagles coach Doug Pederson and Washington coach Jay Gruden to Chiefs coach Andy Reid and former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren. (Reid was a Holmgren assistant in Green Bay before getting the head-coaching job in Philadelphia.) Cousins was drafted by Mike Shanahan, whose own offense traces back to the common mentor of Shanahan and Holmgren: Bill Walsh.

So if the Eagles were going to give Bradford $17.5 million on a two-year deal, what would they have offered Cousins? Washington didn’t want to find out the hard way, and so Washington decided to give Cousins $19.95 million for one year. With Cousins out of play, the Eagles did a deal with Bradford.

After getting the short end of the Donovan McNabb trade six years ago, Washington surely didn’t want to lose Cousins to the Eagles for no compensation, if Cousins is indeed on the brink of becoming the guy Shanahan thought Cousins could be when taking a fourth-round flier on him in 2012.

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46 Responses to “Washington was worried about Eagles making a run at Kirk Cousins”
  1. key2heat says: Mar 6, 2016 5:40 PM

    Both are junk.

  2. imamarinebiologist says: Mar 6, 2016 5:49 PM

    Yeah, don’t think so.

  3. jjeastwald says: Mar 6, 2016 5:57 PM

    I’m sure the Eagles are thrilled to death they forced Washington to use up more salary cap space then they intended. That’s what rivals do.

  4. firerogergoodellnow says: Mar 6, 2016 6:15 PM

    It seemed to be a coincidence that the Eagles signed quarterback Sam Bradford to a new contract not long after THE REDSKINS applied the franchise tag to quarterback Kirk Cousins.

  5. jam11163 says: Mar 6, 2016 6:17 PM

    I’ll take Sam.

  6. amaf21 says: Mar 6, 2016 6:24 PM

    The way Roseman has been spending like a drunken sailor, this is believable.

  7. psubeerman21 says: Mar 6, 2016 6:27 PM

    I think it’s more a coincidence the eagles signed Bradford before the deadline for the franchise tag than anything Washington did

  8. gnorules says: Mar 6, 2016 6:40 PM

    Does everyone remember what they thought when they saw the Skins take Cousins just a couple picks after taking RG3. Yeah food for thought now.

  9. eagles1960 says: Mar 6, 2016 6:42 PM

    Skins 6-10 this year. Reality strikes hard.

  10. Stiller43 says: Mar 6, 2016 6:42 PM

    Cousins>>Bradford

  11. skinsfan91 says: Mar 6, 2016 6:50 PM

    I’m pretty sure Redskins are thrilled they have Cousins and not Bradford.

  12. jam11163 says: Mar 6, 2016 6:51 PM

    Should have kept rg111 lol

  13. jerry944 says: Mar 6, 2016 6:58 PM

    No worry..they love sam BADford

  14. raiderinva says: Mar 6, 2016 7:05 PM

    The only thing that would have made this story better would be if Cleveland was involved.

  15. skinsfan91 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:13 PM

    Cousins did more in one year starting than Bradford has ever done. And he didn’t even get to run with the ones in the offseason.

  16. hawkwind8 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:38 PM

    OK VOTE TIME

    Thumbs up Cousins
    Thumbs down Bradford

  17. oscarxray says: Mar 6, 2016 7:40 PM

    I think both teams will be looking for new QBs this time next year.It may be poor play.It may be injury.It may be they injure themselves making a poor play.

    Also,this league source stuff sounds suspicious.I could see the Redskins floating that our there for cover as in ‘we really have a hot commodity here with Cousins’.

  18. 46namredyps11 says: Mar 6, 2016 7:42 PM

    I’d lean Cousins in a head to head comparison based on talent. And Bradford is made of paper machete, too.

  19. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 6, 2016 7:48 PM

    WWDD…What would Dallas do?

  20. dlr4skins says: Mar 6, 2016 7:50 PM

    I’m sure the Eagles are thrilled to death they forced Washington to use up more salary cap space then they intended. That’s what rivals do.

    …….

    And I’m equally sure the Skins were thrilled to have Broken Bone Bradford back in the Eagles’ fold.

  21. skinsdiehard says: Mar 6, 2016 7:50 PM

    I think these stat lines show why the Eagles were interested in Cousins:

    Player Rec Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate QBR
    Bradford 7-7 65.0% 3725 19 14 86.4 41.83
    Cousins 9-7 69.8% 4166 29 11 101.6 70.05

    So, yeah, the Eagles can take Sam. We’ll keep Cousins and win more division titles.

  22. skinsdiehard says: Mar 6, 2016 7:53 PM

    oscarxray says:
    Mar 6, 2016 7:40 PM
    I think both teams will be looking for new QBs this time next year.It may be poor play.It may be injury.It may be they injure themselves making a poor play.

    Also,this league source stuff sounds suspicious.I could see the Redskins floating that our there for cover as in ‘we really have a hot commodity here with Cousins’.
    ——————————————————————–
    Huh? The Skins just won the division. What do they need to float out there about Cousins? You can see the stats and division title for yourself.

  23. getyourownname says: Mar 6, 2016 8:06 PM

    Smart Skins fans will temper their enthusiasm. The team miraculously won several games like versus Tampa, there were numerous Cousins sure interceptions dropped, he did not beat a team with a winning record, and the division was weak.

    None of this proves Cousins will fail, but if fans are honest they will recognize he’s got a way to go to prove he can succeed as a winning QB.

  24. nflfan62 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:36 PM

    THE DIVISION BELONGS TO THE GIANTS

  25. bart15np says: Mar 6, 2016 8:37 PM

    In all of our beautiful ‘merica with 330 million plus people and they can only produce 10-15 “good” quarterbacks. 5 that you can take to the bank.

  26. Marcus says: Mar 6, 2016 8:37 PM

    The fact that Washington had to think about whether Cousins was worth signing right now speaks volumes about management. This was a no-brainer for them. Cousins is a guy who is going to be a long-term solution for them, once he has more time with Gruden and doesn’t have to deal with a QB controversy for a whole offseason. I think Cousins will be very good if they can improve that OL. And I hate the Redskins.

  27. abninf says: Mar 6, 2016 8:53 PM

    skinsdiehard says:

    Huh? The Skins just won the division.
    ===================================

    By default. It’s not like they were a great team. Cousins owes Romo big time.

  28. therealtrenches says: Mar 6, 2016 9:07 PM

    Translation: the Eagles have a cap ninja and the Redskins don’t. They feared so badly that Roseman would outbid them that they overpaid.

  29. tvguy22 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:28 PM

    How could the Eagles sign a QB from the University of Washington? Oh, the Redskins.

  30. schmedley69 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:51 PM

    Cousins stinks. Didn’t beat a team with a winning record. The Cousins that you saw against Green Bay in the playoffs is the real Kirk Cousins. He could have easily thrown 5 picks in that game if the Packers didn’t drop them all. Look for a Folesian decline next season.

  31. famundacheese says: Mar 6, 2016 9:52 PM

    Let’s not put Kurt in the Hall of Fame yet. That’s what you said about RG3 and how’d that work for ya

  32. macjacmccoy says: Mar 6, 2016 9:58 PM

    Cousins is Nick foles. Horrible career except for an 8 game window. Bank it.

  33. officialgame says: Mar 6, 2016 10:08 PM

    Roseman played the Skins like a fiddle.

  34. harshedmellow says: Mar 6, 2016 10:21 PM

    Ironically, Bradford IS a redskin.

    And before you cry foul to that…… consider that’s the name of a freaking NFL franchise! So it can’t be bigoted….. can it?

  35. kevpft says: Mar 7, 2016 12:44 AM

    This is all academic with Romo back next season. Cousins & Bradford will likely be fighting over 2nd place in the division at best, and probably 3rd place.

  36. bengalsfan2079 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:14 AM

    Eagles would have to run a long way to go to the state of Washington.

  37. jaredc360 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:19 AM

    Pretty amazing how many people are so sure about Kirk Cousins being the next great QB. I understand that Bradfords career has been a huge let down to this point, and even though he wasn’t always in the greatest situations or surrounded by great talent/coaching, a #1 overall pick will find ways to make people around them better. Bradford had the worst WR support I can remember seeing for some time this year, and started to really step up the 2nd half of the season. Who knows what he may be able to do with an actual OL and a coach who will adapt and not force square pegs into round holes. It all remains to be seen, but the Eagles can get out of this after this season and not take a crazy cap hit if he’s gone next year… I can’t believe either QB got the $ they did, but to buy some time to develop their future QB, I really can’t see how this is a “bad move” for Philly. Short term deal and they have plenty of cap room- for whatever you wanna say about Howie- and rightfully so- he is extremely good with contracts and salary cap. Demarco was a Chip Kelly signing. The Eagles are NEVER in cap trouble, but they also use Howie for talent evaluation and he jus doesn’t have that ability like most Gms do. But on a side note- I wouldn’t be bragging about winning that division last year. That was such a pathetic division, someone had to win by default. And as far as hoping to win the division for years to come, division titles are less than satisfying when that’s the end of the road. Just ask any Eagles fan how much their division titles from early 2000s mean to them…

  38. jaredc360 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:34 AM

    The Eagles either had to overpay to keep Bradford- but the length of the contract is the real victory. It’s good to see a team TRYING to stay competitive while grooming a hopeful future franchise QB, but now instead of running Sanchez out there to get through this next season while youngster develops- they can easily win the NFC East with what assuming will be a better OL, better running Game, at least 2 new receivers and they may have a top tier defense if they get someone like George Illoka to replace Thurmand. Jenkins and ILLOKA would be the best set of safeties since Dawk era… And if the use Maxwell in the coverages he excells at instead of a totally diff system, I think Max/Rowe and Jenkins/Illoka could be really good. That with their front 7 and Swartz could be a proliferation defense. Fletcher Cox will be regarded as the best DT in the NFL next season if not already, along with Bennie Logan, and DE’s Graham, Curry, and Barwin. Then Kendricks, Hicks and most like Kiko, they have a shot to be an elite D…

  39. jaredc360 says: Mar 7, 2016 1:35 AM

    *prolific defense

  40. stunzeed5 says: Mar 7, 2016 2:43 AM

    I’m glad the miniscule minority of anti-Redskin name-faux-offended lemmings is dying out. As a native American, I don’t care about it, neither do my immediate contemporaries. Meh, but you can keep on calling them “Washington” while we laugh at you from a distance.

    And oh yeah, Cousins > Bradford and it’s not even remotely close.

  41. brewster1 says: Mar 7, 2016 6:28 AM

    This made me smile:

    I’d lean Cousins in a head to head comparison based on talent. And Bradford is made of paper machete, too.

  42. sidepull says: Mar 7, 2016 7:22 AM

    Well you may think the Redskins got the definitive “short end of the deal” but the 6th rounder that the Redskins got in addition to McFlabb turned into Alfred Morris. With out him, Redskins never win the NFC East that year so it wasn’t as bad as you portray. The Redskins got over McFlabb long ago. Nice to think the Eagles “fleeced” the Redskins but they weren’t laughing later when Alf was stomping a mud-hole in them.

  43. famundacheese says: Mar 7, 2016 10:21 AM

    If you would take Cousins over Bradford on talent alone, you’re an idiot. Luckily for you talent isn’t the only thing that makes a QB

  44. jonmannbaby says: Mar 7, 2016 12:01 PM

    According to Pro Football Focus for the 2015 Season… Sam Bradford was ranked as the 11th best QB Kirk Cousins 16th…do what you will with that information….

  45. dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 7, 2016 2:04 PM

    If that division was so weak as you say…..Then how come The mighty Dallas team or Eagles & Giants couldnt win it????

  46. famundacheese says: Mar 7, 2016 8:20 PM

    Because they sucked. Do you really need to know what weak means?

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