Kirk Cousins says it’s not about money (so it’s about money)

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With one week to go before the annual window on negotiating a long-term deal with Washington closes, quarterback Kirk Cousins has spoken again regarding his situation. In short, he says it’s not about the money. Which, of course, means that it’s about the money.

“I never want to play football thinking about money,” Cousins told WAVY.com at his annual football camp, via the Washington Post. “I think that you get in trouble doing that. I put my confidence in the Lord, in my faith. If I’m gonna build my life [based] on money shame on me. That’s not where I draw my security from, never should be. My parents didn’t raise me that way.”

Kirk’s parents apparently raised him to rely on doctors to handle medical issues, lawyers to handle legal issues, and agents to handle business issues. Which is a pretty good way to be raised.

“I hired my agent to do his job,” Cousins said. “I gotta go play football and throw touchdown passes and help our team win. I’ve got plenty to work on there so I’ll let my agent do his job. I’ll do mine and the good news is I’m under contract for this season and in a good place.”

These words conflict with Cousins’ past comments on the issue. In January, he defended seeking top dollar from Washington by arguing that “it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract” of their own.

“[I]f you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well,” Cousins said.

That sounds like an agent-driven explanation, and Cousins has now made it clear that this is an agent-driven process. Which is smart by Cousins, but which also confirms that a long-deal isn’t likely by next Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET, the deadline for doing a multi-year contract.

The agent, Mike McCartney, knows how to calculate a long-term deal based on the leverage of a $23.94 million franchise tender in 2017 and the promise of a 20-percent raise (under the transition tag) or a 44-percent raise (under the franchise tag) for 2018. At a minimum, it means that Cousins should get more than $52 million fully guaranteed at signing, to cover the first two years of the deal.

There’s no reason for McCartney to give Washington a discount on that amount, and by Cousins saying “I hired my agent to do his job,” this means Cousins won’t pull a Tom Brady and order the agent to take less than top dollar.

So why is Cousins mincing words and tiptoeing around the truth? Because Cousins knows that fans will blame him for being greedy and not the team for being cheap if/when a deal isn’t done.

These comments strongly suggest a deal won’t be done, unless Washington finally decides to forget about not one but two past opportunities to get him signed for a lot less than it would cost now, and to get something finalized before it costs even more in 2018.

68 responses to “Kirk Cousins says it’s not about money (so it’s about money)

  1. Statistically he is Top-5 in almost every category and should be paid accordingly. Regardless of how much you try to cast him in a bad light.

  2. This could just as easily be about years, not just cash. Washington may not want to give him more than 2 or 3 years in case he goes back to being, you know, Kirk Cousins. He may be looking for 4, 5 or more years. Yes, it all adds up to money, but I’m thinking years is the real issue here.

  3. “Mr. Burns, you’re the richest guy I know, way richer than Lenny.”
    “Oh yes. But I’d trade it all for a little more.”

  4. I’ll be the first to say that qb’s get way too much of the pie compared to the rest of the team. Having said that, Washington did create this mess by tagging him twice and now they are going to have to pay the piper, unless they won’t. Cousins should not have to take less after they made him wait on his extension.

  5. mysterytonite says:
    Jul 10, 2017 1:05 PM
    I’ll be the first to say that qb’s get way too much of the pie compared to the rest of the team. Having said that, Washington did create this mess by tagging him twice and now they are going to have to pay the piper, unless they won’t. Cousins should not have to take less after they made him wait on his extension.

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    They also created the mess by drafting RG3 so stupidly to begin with, while mortgaging their future. How the fans there still support Snyder, is absolutely mindboggling.

  6. Here’s an easy multiple-choice question. Don’t think too hard…

    What do you think Dan Snyder will do about Cousins?

    a) Sign him to a monster contract this week that hurts his cap space
    b) Play out the year, then sign him to a ginormous contract that ruins his cap space
    c) Tag him again

  7. They also created the mess by drafting RG3 so stupidly to begin with, while mortgaging their future. How the fans there still support Snyder, is absolutely mindboggling.

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    Most do not, but love the team they grew up with.

  8. I’m so tried of hearing about this loser. His W – L record is 19 – 22! That’s not even .500. He’s 0 – 2 in the postseason. He’s not worth the franchise tag salary he got last year. He’s not worth the franchise tag salary he’d earn this year and he’s definitely not worth the money that his narcissistic brain thinks it’s worth.

  9. The Washington football team is a perfect allegory for the Federal government. Misplaced priorities, paying way too much for something you could have gotten for less with better planning, a tad racist, lack of proper leadership, yada yada yada

    I like Cousins though, pay the man!

  10. romosmicrodongs says:
    Jul 10, 2017 1:28 PM
    @tylawspick no skins fan will defend Dan Snyder or Bruce Allen

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    Well, stop attending paid camp sessions. I still cannot believe fans pay to attend those.

    Hit Snyder where it hurts. One reason why he paid so much for that team is because he knew the fans’ loyalty was one of the best in the country.

    Time to return serve and make him pay.

    Stop going to games, stop attending camp sessions, etc, etc.

    The guy is a criminal and an outright disgrace.

  11. He’s wrong and his agent is wrong and Bruce Allen is wrong…the money should equal the production, or should I say wins and losses and when you win, say like the postseason and need to win games to get to the postseason. There have been plenty of guys who put up great numbers, however, most if not all of them have no rings…Marino, Fouts for starters or let’s go with Jim Kelly. So bottom line when the dust has settled and he isn’t signed to a long term deal, a smart football fan would say there’s blame to go all around.

  12. I never ever heard Kirk say “I dont want to play in Washington”….Pure speculation at its finest!!!

    No matter what happens between now and the 17th those haters are going to have plenty to say!!!

    If they dont sign him=The Redskins are stupid for not signing him

    If they do sign him=They paid Kirk too much $$$

    I`m going out on a limb and I`m going to say the Redskins get a deal done on Monday around 1:oopm or 2:oopm….Snyder said he would rather make him the richest man in football than to see him go to SF!!!

  13. Pierre Garcon his favorite receiver last year signed with the 49ers. The Coach there is Kyle Shanahan formerly his OC and Kyle’s Dad Mike is the one who drafted Kirk in the same year they drafted RGIII. It tells me they’re playing the waiting game while Kirk collects his 44 mil for 2 years of being franchised (guaranteed) by the redskins and now the contract negotiations can start in earnest with San Francisco of course. They have the cap space. They are rebuilding and can afford to give Kirk a 4 or 5 year deal at his price. The redskins will be fleeced and left without a QB. Poor Mr. Snyder. (That’s figuratively not literally). The skins played the odds and got screwed.

  14. He’s telling the truth. It’s not about the money it’s about the respect and the security the money represents. And he’s not wrong for wanting it.

    I get sad anytime I hear fans take the side of ownership over players. Wow players make more than we all will earn, they are still workers who are putting their bodies on the line and actually create the product we enjoy. At best they are rich.

    Ownership represents established wealth and the 1%. Washington ownership in this case could have easily paid Kirk Cousins something reasonable 2 years ago. Making him play on tags is a sign of disrespect and also makes him take on injury risk he’d rather not take.

    So personally I don’t think Kirk is playing games, it’s not about the money. But show the man a little respect for the first respectable QB play Washington has seen in awhile

  15. Its not about the money.

    He does not want to be in Washington.

    Period
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    And who could possibly fault him for that mindset? Worst franchise in all of professional sports.

  16. Dan Snyder’s organization is a dumpster fire.

    Bruce “Winning Off the Field” Allen will leak some crap about a “top-dollar” final offer that Cousins rejected to try to make Cousins the bad guy after the deadline passes. Battered and broken Skins fans will gulp that Kool-Aid down and fork over more and more actual “top-dollar” money. Snyder will stay at the top of the NFL profits board. The actual football product will continue to be pathetic. And . . .

    Well . . . business as usual.

    Wake up, fellow Skins fans! The Washington Redskins that we knew and loved died in May of 1999.

  17. He’s doing fine…. I bet he could retire, build cabin in the mountains and live happily ever after….

  18. KC is just not worth the monies he says it not about. He didn’t ever earn the FT money from last year. He just dosent play at the exceptional level he and his team seem to deem he’s worth. Look at the Pitt, Dal, Carolina and last NY game and tell me he’s worth the money. This is a team game and if you’re going to mandate that you get paid 20% of the cap than you’d better play at that level ALWAYS. He just hasn’t and dosen’t the deliver whet it count the most.

  19. The Redskins did this to themselves. When you give someone a “show me deal” by slapping the tag on them allowing them to have all the risk of getting injured with none of the long term financial protection (signing bonus/guaranteed money) then the price continues to increase significantly.

    The Redskins made him play Russian roulette with them, now it’s their turn to pull the trigger.

  20. I have no problem with a player trying to maximize their earnings.
    I just don’t like it when they moralize it with BS like “I left some on the table for others” or “I owe it to future players at my position”.
    Take your money, but keep your mouth shut.

  21. jdzboyz says:
    Jul 10, 2017 1:23 PM

    I’m so tried of hearing about this loser. His W – L record is 19 – 22! That’s not even .500. He’s 0 – 2 in the postseason. He’s not worth the franchise tag salary he got last year. He’s not worth the franchise tag salary he’d earn this year and he’s definitely not worth the money that his narcissistic brain thinks it’s worth.

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    Cousins has played on some garbage teams. Quite frankly, a half ass defense and the W/L would be improved. Teams win games and lose games, not QBs. Clearly you haven’t watched many REDSKINS games over the last five seasons.

  22. I know we’ll dump our best receivers and see how he does, then we’ll franchise him again and pay him $35 million next year, and cut our offensive lineman. None of which makes any sense. Nice job Dan you worry more about the name then you do about winning!@#$%^&*

  23. There is a lot of ignorance here about Cousins.

    Anyone who studied him in college and in the pros knows he does not excel just being thrown into games without preparation with the first string offense. He is all about preparation and repetition and he does even worse when he doesn’t have a commitment from his team to stay with him while he was growing.

    Now that he has arrive in a sorta Drew Brees kind of growing pains early and then statistics and wins starting to take off, Cousins is worth every penny he’ll command.

    What Cousins has to remember is that he is a system QB and that he has had years to learn this offense; he will not be given that latitude elsewhere even if he has a quick release and can read defenses and is a top five over 20 and over 50 yard passer.

    Cousins will win a Super Bowl – and his pro growth chart mirrors his college one. But those of you idiots who thought the Great Gimmick was going to be the next individually wrapped sliced cheese idea obviously didn’t study him in college – he was precisely the definition of a one year wonder.

  24. Has won absolutely nothing to merit that kind of pay. Make a business decision to let him walk and let some other sucker over pay.

  25. Deal will get done.

    28-30 mil bonus
    4-5 years at 25-26 a year with 3-4 guaranteed.

    Hail To The REDSKINS!

  26. Regardless of your views on him as a QB, u can’t blame him for playing the hand he was dealt. Washington’s front office did a horrible job w his contract and deserves to pay the price.

  27. He isn’t worth it and the team knows it! But at the same time there just hasn’t been a better option available to them. So instead of giving him a long term deal, they would rather go year to year (at least for the past and this year) in hopes of a better option popping up in either free agency or the draft. But the money (from Washington anyways) runs out this season. Only way he gets paid by them is with a season that includes both a great regular season run and a deep playoff run.

  28. Yeah… its not about the money…. its… uh about being fair to other QBs…. and uh… yeah….ummm… it wouldnt be fair to them, if I took less than 25M-30M.

    LOL. Get what you can, but dont treat the fans like idiots.

  29. If I don’t take all the money I can, you tell me, how are other guys going to know how much money they can take? I’m taking as much money as I can, only so others can take a lot of money. There’s never been a more selfless person who takes money, as I am taking this money, for other people, but I’m keeping this part.

    Thank you,

    Kirk

  30. Remember guys, the man who said “when a player says it is not about the money….” was the team’s money guy.
    So its about the money for the team every time.

  31. jdzboyz says:
    Jul 10, 2017 1:23 PM

    I’m so tried of hearing about this loser. His W – L record is 19 – 22! That’s not even .500. He’s 0 – 2 in the postseason. He’s not worth the franchise tag salary he got last year. He’s not worth the franchise tag salary he’d earn this year and he’s definitely not worth the money that his narcissistic brain thinks it’s worth.

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    Looks like Cousins has about the same winning percentage as Peyton in the postseason…..

  32. He put himself in position to win the negotiation. Washington always could have won him over with a good deal. Now it’s too late to avoid a bid number.

  33. He has the Skins by the stones and is going to use every bit of his leverage like he should. They would do the same to him if they could.

  34. Kirk had the stats he had because his WR/TE made him! The Skins are fools for allowing this craziness to continue. They should have let him walk last season people keep talking about stats but stats aren’t getting this team to the playoff. And what about the red-zone stats and the big game stats, Kirk is just not worth crippling your team Kirk can’t put this team on this back and win big games against good teams. If Bruce was smart he’d call SF 49ers and find out just how much they want Kirk Cousins. This is a 7-9 team without Jackson.

  35. He wants to play for the greatest NFL franchise of all time. Redskins give him his freedom and let him be a 49er.well they won’t have a choice next year. Thanks to their stupidity we’ll get him next year with no compensation.

  36. jtsneaks says:
    Jul 10, 2017 1:54 PM
    Cant wait to see the Redskins mess this up.

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    They already have. The Skins’ have already paid, including this year, $44 mil for Cousins. The only thing left is to either give him the “transition tag” which means he get’s top dollar yet again or another team can outbid them and they get nothing.

    To me… you have to trade him to someone and try to get some picks, because to sign him to a deal now makes absolutely no sense.

    Let’s assume they sign him to a deal, in a 4 year span he’s looking at racking in at least $100 mil and will only be in the 2nd year of a new deal and we are not even talking the guaranteed money, just base salary.

    So in conclusion, if their was a way Washington could have screwed this up, it’s already happened. Not to mention some offensive weapons that are no longer there!

  37. “Snyder will stay at the top of the NFL profits board. ”

    Actually pretty much every owner is “at the top of the profits board” since they get equal revenue sharing from the enormous TV contracts.

    Which hurts the sport dramatically. At least 1/3 of the owners have no interest in spending the relatively small amount between what most of the better teams spend and they do to put a winning product on the field. They know like the con man in Cleveland that they can go 0-16 and still get their huge TV checks every season.

  38. Kirk Cousins is the real deal. He’s not Rogers-Brady-Brees level but I think he’s Wilson-Roethlisberger-Ryan level. Washington screwed up terribly and now they will watch him walk.

    I see him most likely on SF, JAX or NYJ, in that order. Dark horses are Minnesota, Philadelphia, Denver, LAR.

    Way outside is Arizona, Buffalo, Miami, Cleveland.

  39. The key words from Cousins are “build my life”. I really never thought Cousins and his wife would want to build their lives in Washington, D.C., and have Dan Snyder as a boss. I just think Cousins is a misfit in that organization. Johnny Manziel is a much better fit. Cousins will have more money than he’ll ever know what to do with. Quality of life is priceless. He might change his speech to appease others, but they can’t change his heart.

  40. It’s not about Money! Pay the guy 200K per game, if he wins. 100K if he looses. Will see if Money has anything to do with it going forward. In fact, their should be two contracts on every player. One, for Winning. One, for loosing. It would change to way games are played till the end go Football!

  41. The guy is the Rodney Dangerfield QB. He gets no respect. I truly hope he squeezes every guaranteed nickel he can out of that D.C. franchise.

  42. It isn’t about the money when he’ll probably turn down a huge offer this year so he doesn’t have to play for a couple d bags like Snyder and Allen.

  43. It isn’t about the money when he’ll probably turn down a huge offer this year so he doesn’t have to play for a couple of (insert adjective) like Snyder and Allen.

  44. A LTD will get done and I can’t wait till all you Kirk Cousins haters heads explode. He is already well on his way to being a great QB and you idiots that keep throwing the win/ loss garbage know nothing about football. It’s a team sport where the defense, special teams and 10 other players on offense, along with coaching help win games.

    Kirks first two years are far better then Brady’s first five years, but your argument will again be Brady won Super Bowls. You got me there, but he also has the greatest coach in the history of football and if Kirk were to go to New England he would would win Super Bowls too. Look at the QB’s that filled in for Brady when he was injured then left New England, they did great while they were there, but once they left not so much.

    Kirk was put in this position and is playing the cards he was dealt. They wanted him to risk injury on a one year contract and where foolish not to sign to a LTD when they had the opportunity. The Redskins do not have a choice but to sign him to a LTD and I believe Kirk wants to be here. Can you imagine how bad it will make Dan and Bruce look if they don’t get a LTD done. If you think they have problems now filling the club and box seats, just wait and see if they blow this.

  45. Of course it’s about the money, and I get why Kirk is doing it, but at some point you have to say, “How is this team going to field anyone around me if I am taking a disproportionate amount of the cap?” I’m not saying everyone should be Tom Brady (obviously helps to have endorsements) but its not a “the Players have the money or the Owner keeps it and stays rich” situation, it’s a “ONE player has the money so OTHER players can’t and will go elsewhere” situation.

  46. Cousins said Allen and Snyder have done a great job communicating with him this offseason.
    Says he loves the area and the direction the team is going.

    It’s definitely not all about the money, regardless of some people’s preferred narrative.

  47. It’s ALWAYS about the money in the NFL! End of story.

    Money is used to keep one team from becoming too dominant over the other teams.

    The salary cap breaks teams up yearly. Bill Bellichek is an artist at trading off older highly paid players that mess up his salary cap space.

  48. It kind of IS about the money. If it wasn’t you’d step in and voice that to your agents. But you’re passive aggressively asking for more money by using your agents as a proxy. Just stop this nonsense and get a contract going. You were making league minimum and now you’re making millions. You’re not going to get the pass protection on any other team suitors. So suck it up and put your money where your mouth is and let’s play football! Quit being greedy. If you’re a religious man, it’s #3 in the seven deadly sins.

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