Bruce Allen insists Kirk Cousins will be the Washington quarterback in 2017

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For a team in a town known for politicians who speak in absolutes that are often absolutely untrue, take this for whatever you will: Washington president Bruce Allen insists that Kirk Cousins will be the team’s quarterback in 2017.

That’s why we franchised him,” Allen told CSN Mid-Atlantic.

“I can’t keep up with the rumors,” Allen added. “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.”

The fact that they haven’t talked to anyone doesn’t mean they won’t, especially with the entire NFL gathered in Arizona for the annual league meetings.

“Our goal from the beginning has been long-term [contract],” Allen said. “I’m still hopeful and confident we’ll do it.”

Of course, that depends on what the definition of “the beginning” is. At the beginning of Cousins’ initial contract year, Washington didn’t want to talk. At the beginning of when they decided to engage Cousins, it was too little and too late to avoid the franchise tag launch sequence. At the beginning of the franchise tag period in 2016, Washington didn’t want to fully guarantee two years of the tag (i.e., $19.95 million plus $23.94 million) at signing. At the beginning of the dance this year, it likely will take the 2017 franchise tag ($23.94 million) and the 2018 transition tag (a 20-percent increase over this year’s pay, or $28.73 million), fully guaranteed at signing to get a long-term deal done.

Otherwise, Cousins can play out the season, pocketing two years of tag money and forcing Washington to decide whether to use the right-of-first-refusal-but-no-compensation transition tag in 2018 or the franchise tag for a third time, at a 44-percent increase (by rule) over this year’s amount. That approach would cost Washington $34.47 million next year, running Cousins’ three-year haul to $78.36 million.

Or they could entertain trading him now, getting 2017 draft-pick compensation and/or players in return and freeing up $23.94 million in cash and cap space and avoiding the likelihood that he walks away next year with only a 2019 compensatory draft pick in return.

But they insist they aren’t entertaining trading him now, which could be code for, “We don’t want to see desperate to trade him or we won’t get as much as we could.”

27 responses to “Bruce Allen insists Kirk Cousins will be the Washington quarterback in 2017

  1. Of course he is. Why wouldn’t he be?

    According to “rumors”, Tony Romo has been cut; He’s been a Bronco, and a Texan already. Jimmy G is a Cleveland Brown. Malcolm Butler is a Saint. Need I go on???????

  2. Man the Redskins are my team but they need to make number 2 or get the heck off the pot.

    We ALWAYS seem to value other teams’ players more than ours. I thought that was changing when they signed Trent to his big contract but alas…..

  3. They should have already signed him. The longer they wait, the more it’s going to cost. There are NO better options this year or next, or probably after that either. Pay the man

  4. Any team trading for him would need to have a contract agreement in place with him that would be framed around similar numbers on top of what they would have to give up…. for Kirk Cousins, a slightly above average QB.

  5. Everyone makes fun of the Redskins but they’re the best thing going in Washington these days. Yes, the bar is set low.

  6. Is Kirk Cousins worth 24 million per year with 65-80 million guaranteed?
    Could he constantly put up good numbers without a clean pocket to throw from? Without a great receiving corps gaining YAC? I think not. 20 mil per with 55 guaranteed is plenty.

  7. Tagging a guy who is not actually top 5 at his position makes negotiating a long-term deal difficult. The better play for a guy like Cousins is to let the market establish his value, and match whatever offer he gets. No one else would give him 24 million next year, but because of the tag that’s where the negotiations begin. Dumb move.

  8. Theismann, Riggins, Darrell Green, Art Monk- great players. Jack Kent Cooke owning the team with Gibbs and Beathard coaching and managing. The Good Ole Days. But now a dumpster fire led by arguably the worst owner in professional sports. Loyalty is one thing but masochisn is another. It’s ok fans over 40, if you jump ship you’re not traitors. No one should have to endure this owner.

  9. ” Without a great receiving corps gaining YAC? I think not. 20 mil per with 55 guaranteed is plenty.”

    He has one of the highest ball in the air in the league.. not much YAC going on…

  10. Washington refusing to pay Cousins to stay but refusing to allow him to leave is just about the strangest public marriage I’ve ever had the privilege to witness.

  11. Everyone makes fun of the Redskins but they’re the best thing going in Washington these days. Yes, the bar is set low.
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    Apparently you don’t follow hockey.

  12. The reality of Cousin’s is he is still an undersized QB with an average arm who is prone to making mistakes under pressure. The reality of Washington is they have nobody better to play QB.

  13. I wouldn’t trust Bruce Allen as far as I could throw him. The absolute worst NFL team president in NFL history working for the absolute worst professional sports franchise owner ever. Both Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder would urinate on your leg but tell you its raining. The Redskins will end up doing something stupid like they always do. The Redskins but the “dys” in dysfunctional.

  14. This is coming from the same guy who said something along the lines of, “We love Scot McCloughan”….then promptly fired him two weeks later.

    Sure Brucey…we believe you.

  15. the only decent personnel moves made by d.c. since the arrival of the little tool who now owns them were made by the guy they just fired. the rest were made by the likes of danny, tony wylie, vinnie cerrato, and bruce allen.

    so it makes absolutely no difference who the qb is next year. the redskin peanuts will stink. i think the concept is called karma…….

  16. footballisnotthatimportant says:
    Mar 27, 2017 6:37 AM
    Everyone makes fun of the Redskins but they’re the best thing going in Washington these days. Yes, the bar is set low.
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    Apparently you don’t follow hockey.
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    Or baseball. Or basketball. Or World Team Tennis for that matter.

    The Redskins are far and away the worst of the four major sports franchises in DC right now- both current product and future outlook.

    So either you’re just trolling, don’t know anything about sports other than football, or are trying to make a poor joke about politics.

  17. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a large-scale exodus of current Redskins once their contracts are up. McCloughan was popular with the players and after seeing how he was treated by Allen and Snyder anybody with other options will be looking for the first plane out of town the first chance they get.

  18. tonebones says:
    Mar 26, 2017 10:13 PM

    Everyone makes fun of the Redskins but they’re the best thing going in Washington these days. Yes, the bar is set low.
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    No disrespect but the Caps and Wizards are actually focusing on their teams by improving, posting winning seasons, heading to the playoffs and appear stable without all the negativity. Redskins, under Snyder, have never been on the rise, its always falls short. They are not the best thing going in Washington these days.

  19. Cousins would love to be in Washington. He can’t stand Allen or Snyder since all they would do is back RG3. They didn’t pay Cousins because the Shanahans said he would beat out RG3 if they didn’t trade or cut Cousins at the end of 2013.Shanahan said all the players knew it in the middle of 2013, that’s why he was benched.They could of had Cousins for peanuts.All he wanted was to start.If Allen let him go now and he was a star in San Francisco Snyder would have to fire Allen on the spot. They will keep on paying him until he has an average year so they both can save face. Don’t be surprised next year if they match the transition tag if he plays well. Bruce Allen is about survival but he won off the field!

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