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Kirk Cousins will show up for offseason program

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As further proof that Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is focused on 2017 and not on leveraging a long-term deal, Cousins will be participating in the team’s offseason program.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the sixth-year quarterback will show up for the mostly-voluntary sessions. Even though Cousins is under contract, he could stay away from everything but the mandatory minicamp without consequence. And if he’s motivated to leverage a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline, he can withhold services throughout most of the next two months.

Apparently, Cousins is not trying to leverage a long-term deal now. Instead, his goal seems to be having the best possible 2017 that he can, in order to make himself as attractive as possible in 2018, when he hits the open market.

Hit the open market he will, absent a long-term deal that pays out more than $52 million over the first two years in fully-guaranteed money — or a decision by Washington to use the franchise tag in 2018, which would cost a whopping $34.47 million.

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39 Responses to “Kirk Cousins will show up for offseason program”
  1. flankerright says: Apr 12, 2017 10:04 AM

    Nothing wrong with being professional, even though both sides are being somewhat selfish in the ordeal, it shows Kirk’s there for his teammates…

  2. sidelineshot says: Apr 12, 2017 10:12 AM

    He already cashed in a “long term deal”.
    2 franchise tags. Superb for a guy that hasn’t won a thing.

  3. feckyerlife says: Apr 12, 2017 10:12 AM

    he has 28 million reasons why not to show up

  4. donbat67 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:26 AM

    Poor guy being forced to play for $34,000,000 a year .I wish I had a terrible situation like this .

  5. nyfootballgiants says: Apr 12, 2017 10:31 AM

    See, but here’s the thing. If he hits the open market, there is a chance that his comp could be lower next year.


    1. Washington will likely not tag him a third time. So he needs to decide if he wants to play for Washington, or is ready to move on. In addition, Washington might surprise everyone and draft a QB this year with the aim of that person being their starter next season.

    2. His performance this year will have some impact on the money he is offered. A mediocre season isn’t going to get him big bucks.

    3. Teams that need a QB now might not be in the market for one next year.

    Time will tell. I think that he is incredibly overpaid right now. if my team needed a QB, i don’t think he is the one i would want to invest big dollars in – because currently, he isn’t a top 10 QB

  6. nyfootballgiants says: Apr 12, 2017 10:32 AM

    And most importantly, Cousins needs to have a strong year if he expects to cash out next season – and that’s why he is in camp…

  7. redlikethepig says: Apr 12, 2017 10:34 AM

    It’s like watching two people you don’t like having a fist fight.

  8. realdwightclark says: Apr 12, 2017 10:35 AM

    OH, you mean show up for work that your under conract for? Shocker.
    At least show the guys in the trenches with you that your there.

  9. bowlregard says: Apr 12, 2017 10:37 AM

    Kirk already has all the leverage he needs. Not participating in offseason programs would in no way increase his leverage. By showing he’s a team guy he only improves his brand, if you will. And it’s by hard work he hones his skills, so by refusing to participate he would hurt himself.

  10. najacoo22 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:41 AM

    Hit the open market he will, absent a long-term deal that pays out more than $52 million over the first two years in fully-guaranteed money


    In regards to the guaranteed money… this is PROBABLY true, but absolutely NOT a sure thing. Unless you’ve heard something from Cousins’ camp directly.

  11. najacoo22 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:43 AM

    If there’s a player you can trust to handle a situation like this well, it’s Kirk Cousins. He’s a classy guy.

    This is a sticky situation for both sides–but mostly for the Redskins, who probably will have to overpay or risk entering 2018 back on the QB carousel.

  12. najacoo22 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:44 AM


  13. habby80 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:48 AM

    nyfootballgiants – I’d go back and check what the stats say…over the past 2 years he is in the top 10 of most QB stats out there. Not sure what you use to measure a Top 10 QB, but the statistics disagree with you. He has been a Top 10 QB in both 2015 and 2016.

    “Time will tell. I think that he is incredibly overpaid right now. if my team needed a QB, i don’t think he is the one i would want to invest big dollars in – because currently, he isn’t a top 10 QB”

  14. therealtrenches says: Apr 12, 2017 10:49 AM

    “Hey…look at what a grownup I’m being, everyone! Even though I’m making tens of millions of dollars, I’m going to show up! Doin’ it for my teammates, bro!”


  15. glac1 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:50 AM

    Kirk wins! Kirk wins! Good for him.

  16. kcchefs58 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:52 AM

    Can they come up with a different word other than contract? Those things are hardly contracts.

  17. intrafinesse says: Apr 12, 2017 10:54 AM

    They fired their competent GM last month and god knows who is running things now.

    In 1 year the Redskins will be without a QB, and have no draft picks to show for it.

    So what will become of the Redskins in 1 year – 5-11? 6-10? They will revert back into a pumpkin.

  18. johny248 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:55 AM

    It’s going to be a tough season without DJax and Gar¢on

  19. RegisHawk says: Apr 12, 2017 11:06 AM

    Best thing he can do is come in and sustain a season-ending injury. He’ll get the money and won’t have to worry about his sucking affecting his next contract because there won’t be any tape.

  20. granadafan says: Apr 12, 2017 11:09 AM

    Come on. The QB is the leader of the offense by virtue of his position (and how much money they make). Of course he’s going to show up because he needs to gel with the guys. Besides, the last guys you want to anger are the big guys up front who protect you from getting smeared into the turf. If the big uglies are running gassers and drills, you’d best be doing the same thing right beside them.

    Besides, these camps are voluntary in name only. Players who don’t show up get their name dragged through the mud.

  21. jjackwagon says: Apr 12, 2017 11:09 AM

    Going to be tough for him next year when he has to take a pay cut to get a long term deal.
    But he is doing all the right things. Get the guaranteed money from the Redskins and let the rest work itself out.

  22. dpdonny says: Apr 12, 2017 11:10 AM

    Why not? $23M+ gauranteed.

    The league should care less about PSI in a football and more about owners taking a blowtorch to their own organization. The mismanaged Redskins have done more to damage the ‘integrity of the game’ than anyone else.

  23. truthsayer317 says: Apr 12, 2017 11:17 AM

    How charitable of him to decide to show up to work and collect $18,000,000 dollars in salary. What a gutsy call…

  24. humnbass says: Apr 12, 2017 11:17 AM

    Amen to that. coming from a Redskins’ fan, I totally agree.

  25. vikingsdefineaverage says: Apr 12, 2017 11:20 AM

    Isn’t showing up to develop new wrs and focusing on a good season adding leverage?

  26. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 12, 2017 11:22 AM

    The Wash-outs finally have a QB that is respectable and they still can’t figure it out. Danny Snyder has tiny hands.

  27. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 12, 2017 11:24 AM

    Kirk is a good guy. Skins should have signed him when they had the chance, now he is too rich for their blood and their egos.

  28. officialgame says: Apr 12, 2017 11:41 AM

    Is it my imagination or does Cousins helmet look three sizes to big for him.

  29. droppedinagreasefire says: Apr 12, 2017 11:48 AM

    Remember when Shanahan drafted Cousins and wanted him to start over RGMe? Snyder fired him. Good job Dan.

  30. glac1 says: Apr 12, 2017 11:52 AM

    At least he’s willing to work. Most of the over paid jocks don’t show up, aren’t willing to work in pads and as a result we’re forced to watch pre-season quality football until November….. Isn’t the NFLPA something!

  31. winskins says: Apr 12, 2017 11:57 AM

    nyfootballgiants says:
    Apr 12, 2017 10:31 AM

    …if my team needed a QB, i don’t think he is the one i would want to invest big dollars in – because currently, he isn’t a top 10 QB

    Umm…actually, Kirk Cousins is a 10 ten QB. quarterback rankings:
    3. Kirk Cousins
    13. Eli Manning
    The numbers don’t lie. Kirk needs to improve in some areas, but he’s already a very good QB.

  32. winskins says: Apr 12, 2017 12:00 PM

    PFF has Kirk at 13th, Eli at 24th and regressing. Sure you don’t need a QB?

  33. baddegg says: Apr 12, 2017 12:14 PM

    I’m a big KC fan and hope he has a good year.

    Lost in all this “Kirk is brilliant/Redskins are stupid” debate is that Kirk is still taking a chance going into the season on a one year contract. During 2017 he could a.) have a bad year and cost himself money or b.) get injured and REALLY cost himself money.

    A lot of ink has been given to why the Redskins should pony up big $$ to re-sign Cousins. But it is also worth it for the player to take a long term deal in the immediate term. If Cousins is not doing it because the Redskins offer is just really, truly awful, then I get that. But if he’s digging his heels in just to be peevish, then that could be a very foolish and costly move for him. He’s good, but he’s not Brady. A stellar 2017 is *possible* but it’s not *inevitable.*

    It really does behoove both the Redskins and the player to get together to work something out. Redskins need to up their offer from an uncompetitive 20 million per year. But if the team offers 24 per year and not 25, then Cousins should consider it.

    It’s easy for a bunch of writers to say what a player “ought” to do…it’s another thing for a man to make a serious financial decision for himself and his family in a career where you are always one hit away from being out of work permanently…

  34. mutohasaposse says: Apr 12, 2017 12:24 PM

    Not understanding the bashing for Kirk. He’s not the one that decided to turn this into an article or add to controversy. There are several thousand guys under contract in the nfl that will show up for workouts but no mention of them . Click bait here and fodder for those that want to bash cousins or the skins.

  35. liquidalfa says: Apr 12, 2017 1:44 PM

    This year has disaster written all over it. Top 2 wide outs and O Coordinator gone. They’ll probably go about 5-11, he’ll leave in free agency, Gruden will get fired and Snyder and Allen will start all over again after a couple a couple of stable, promising years.

  36. Jason Voorhees says: Apr 12, 2017 1:54 PM

    Best QB in the NFC

  37. Jim Ballard says: Apr 12, 2017 2:34 PM

    I like Cousins but he’s no Brady/Rogers/Manning. He forces balls into coverage when there are WIDE open receivers, particularly in the red zone.

    The shame is the ‘Skins won’t get anything for him. This is on Allan and Snyder. They are idiots and they forced McCloughan out and showed their lack of class by the way they did it. Cousins will move to the 49’ers just to get away from the madness. I would.

  38. kenmasters34 says: Apr 12, 2017 2:42 PM

    Why would he? He has made 45M in 2 years, and will make 30-35M next year… or get a large contract.

    Everyone keep in mind that the Bears screwed all teams by signing Glennon to 3 years/45M.

  39. ladymacesq says: Apr 12, 2017 3:13 PM

    That’s because Kirk Cousins is a class act.

    Hope the Redskins sign him to a long-term deal.

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