Report: Kirk Cousins contract talks picking up

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The talk last month regarding quarterback Kirk Cousins’ chances at landing a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline for players with franchise tags to sign them was focused on the deadline itself.

Both Cousins and Redskins president Bruce Allen said that they think the deadline will be the driver in any push for a deal that would take Cousins off the franchise tag carousel he’s been riding since the end of the 2014 season. Now comes word that the two sides are reportedly picking up talks with the deadline a little more than a month away.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Allen and Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney had their first face-to-face meeting about the contract for the first time in two years at last month’s league meetings. They have since met a second time, which is part of an “improved, encouraging tone” that has created hope that a deal could get done by the deadline or after the 2017 season if things don’t move quite that quickly.

Cousins is currently set to play for a salary of just under $24 million on his second franchise tag and Allen has said the team is open to using a third one, which would push the quarterback’s salary and cap number near $35 million in 2018. It also sets some contract parameters for the sides to discuss over the next month if everyone involved would like to avoid doing this dance again next year.

25 responses to “Report: Kirk Cousins contract talks picking up

  1. “…his second franchise tag and Allen has said the team is open to using a third one, which would push the quarterback’s salary and cap number near $35 million in 2018.”

    Unless it is a transition tag

  2. Cousins is what he is, a slightly above average QB, small of stature with an OK arm. He is prone to mistakes when you get him out of his comfort zone and the timing throws he likes. Cousins has reached the apex of success and will not get any better. The Redskins are between a rock and a hard place but if I were them I wouldn’t pay him huge money long term.

  3. So, all the talk about no one wanting to play for such a dysfunctional organization was just talk? NOOOO!

  4. I chuckle at Bruce Allen using a threat of a 3rd franchise tag for $35 million as some sort of leverage against a player who has show he’s more than willing to play under the tag if he doesn’t get his ideal contract.

    The only thing that did was set the starting parameters on Cousin’s long term deal at $35 million for next season.

  5. Why would Cousins have a problem with just getting tagged every year? Let’s say he gets tagged again next year, that means he made over 75 million dollars over 3 years. Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

  6. $24M this year equals the highest QB salaries in the NFL – Luck av/yr $24.5M, Brees $24.2M guaranteed (btw, Brady $20M, $14M guaranteed). And $35M for 2018 would be close to adding Luck’s and Brady’s salaries together. I dunno, could be slightly too much, just sayin’.

  7. I wouldn’t pay the guy….he is a great dump off QB but if he throws past 5-10 yds it is interception after interception. The man couldn’t even win a game against the Giants who were playing 2nd and 3rd stringers…….

    Either way cellar dwellers for years to come……

  8. Also…someone asked, why would Cousins sign long term instead of rolling one year to one year with a fat contract.

    To state the obvious: players routinely sign long term deals with the intent on gaining SECURITY. e.g. any year you can be injured for LIFE or you can have a stinker year and sink your marketability.

    A bird in the hand, my friends. Cousins did the one year thing last year and it worked for him. But don’t think he doesn’t care about security if the deal is right. If they offer 24, he’s in. Sorry.

  9. officialgame says:
    Jun 7, 2017 7:17 AM
    Cousins is what he is, a slightly above average QB, small of stature with an OK arm. He is prone to mistakes when you get him out of his comfort zone and the timing throws he likes. Cousins has reached the apex of success and will not get any better. The Redskins are between a rock and a hard place but if I were them I wouldn’t pay him huge money long term.

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    Umm, he’s 6’3″ 210lbs. That’s not “small of stature”

  10. Bruce Allen has ridden the line that he is a master negotiator- his reputation will depend on getting this deal DONE, everything else is subordinate.

    HAIL

  11. Easily a top 10 QB in this league and the best QB in the NFC East; the Redskins would be STUPID to let him go. Sign him Redskins, ASAP.

  12. We can hate on Cousins all we want but he used a system that has benefited the owners more than the players to his advantage. He’s made more money these last two seasons than he would if he signed an extension two years ago. And if he does sign a deal, it’s going to have high guarantees because that’s the market for QBs.

    He made it work for him and I can’t fault him for that.

  13. smiley4284 says:
    Jun 7, 2017 1:58 PM
    Easily a top 10 QB in this league and the best QB in the NFC East; the Redskins would be STUPID to let him go. Sign him Redskins, ASAP.
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    Top ten in the league, absolutely, no question. But you hurt your own case with second statement. Kirk is arguably more “talented” than dak Prescott, but Dak is a proven winner, which is the one thing cousins has not shown he can do. If you look at the Thanksgiving game, Kirk threw for nearly 500 yards, dak didn’t even hit the 200 mark, and yet the cowboys won the game. Cousins is a terrific, terrific quarterback, and the Redskins have to sign him, but if I’m a GM choosing between the two, I’d rather have Prescott.

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