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Nothing happening between Cousins and Washington, yet

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In less than a week, the window closes for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year contracts. With less than a week to go, nothing is happening regarding the highest-profile franchise-tagged player.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, there have been no new developments as to the potential contract that would tie quarterback Kirk Cousins to Washington beyond 2017. This doesn’t mean a deal is out of the question, but it shows that, if anything is going to happen, the process basically will be starting from scratch if at all within the next few days.

Of course, even if both sides begin at square one, it won’t take long to determine whether a contract can be negotiated. Cousins has $23.94 million in hand for 2017, with the promise of either a 20-percent raise under the transition tag or a 44-percent raise under the franchise tag in 2018 — or a shot at the open market.

While the numbers would be very big, it’s not difficult to calculate how much it would take to get a deal done, especially since Cousins has now made it clear that there won’t be a hometown discount, and that his agent will be negotiating the deal based simply on what Cousins’ considerable leverage dictates.

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33 Responses to “Nothing happening between Cousins and Washington, yet”
  1. Lisa_the_Greek says: Jul 10, 2017 7:15 PM

    Maybe they should just sign Kaepernick

  2. buckstalion12965 says: Jul 10, 2017 7:31 PM

    If I were him, I wouldn’t even consider signing long-term w/them, and I’m a Skins fan. Ownership/upper management have shown bI’m nothing but disrespect since he got there.

  3. laserw says: Jul 10, 2017 7:48 PM

    I would like to apply how the Golden State Warriors treat their great players and they provide a clue as to how the Redskins must approach Cousins.

    Clearly Cousins was the odd man out when he was drafted. He was an after thought and many would argue (incorrectly) that Cousins isn’t a starter with much upside.

    Cousins has done EVERYTHING asked of him and more and has demonstrated a complete grasp of the offense.

    The management has done him dirty by their lack of investment into his needs and a complete lack of trust in him; the coaches have done well with him, but because management has shown him no respect, Cousins should never give this team a discount.

    This is a chance for the Redskins to start to build a team around key players and to build a core to upgrade; those who demand that Cousins win a Super Bowl yesterday are fools – but we have a chance to take our own home grown guy and to have him lead us to the eventual prize. If we are not willing to grow with him, then don’t even bother with him. Throw a lowball figure at a nothing QB and stay mediocre.

  4. smstonerock says: Jul 10, 2017 9:17 PM

    Not every team has a guy like Matt Stafford.

  5. jsa5205mvp says: Jul 10, 2017 9:36 PM

    I mean they won’t get a deal done. They will put the transition tag on him in 2018. The 49ers will offer a contract..the Redskins will match unless it’s some NBA type of contract like 5 years 200 million. Bottom line is Kirks the Redskins QB of the future. Atleast I hope. Get a deal done. If they don’t it means Kirk definitely wants out of Washington because the Redskins are going to give him the money.

  6. altajo3 says: Jul 10, 2017 9:51 PM

    Should have signed him two years ago! Has he won a playoff game yet?

  7. briang123 says: Jul 10, 2017 9:55 PM

    I think it is awful how the Redskins are treating him. They should pay him top 5 QB money. …….oh wait

  8. iloveyourwifetoo says: Jul 10, 2017 10:51 PM

    I’m A HUGE Mich State fan…a Big fan of Cousins ..wishmymy Bills would’ve grabbed him!!! I was screaming for it!! BUT …HE HASN’T WON SH#T..STILL NOT BETTER THAN CARR..WHO I WANTED IN 1ST ROUND !!!!Cousins is ,at this point ..Mediocore!!!!!

  9. fafaflunky says: Jul 10, 2017 10:59 PM

    Redskins would sign cousins for the money he wants. But he has to be 36 yrs old. I know ive watched this team play since 1983.

  10. mychode says: Jul 10, 2017 11:02 PM

    They’re a fringe playoff team w/ him as the starter so his leverage is overblown. Can he lead a team to the super bowl? I have my doubts and I’m a huge fan of the *%#skins.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 10, 2017 11:03 PM

    Isn’t RGFragileEgo available?

    Lolz

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 10, 2017 11:09 PM

    Washington has paid him something like 40 million for last season and what the tag guarantees this season.

    That’s not what I’d call disrespectful. He and his family are set for life. And if he plays decently this year he’ll get another big payday next year through the tag or a long term contract with someone.

    Cousins has nothing to complain about.

  13. officialgame says: Jul 10, 2017 11:11 PM

    Cousins needs help if the Redskins want to win a Superbowl. He’s just not good enough to eat up all that CAP space and bring home a Championship. He just isn’t.

  14. piis31415 says: Jul 10, 2017 11:26 PM

    I hope Cousins not only squeezes them for everything he can, but that he also gets the first contract that is based on a percentage of the salary cap and is fully guaranteed.

  15. intellectualpenury says: Jul 10, 2017 11:27 PM

    “Nothing happening between Cousins” is odd headline, considering FedEx Field is only about 75 miles from eastern West Virginia

  16. tom48212 says: Jul 11, 2017 4:13 AM

    First chance Kirk gets, he should head out to Dallas or Green Bay.

  17. aredskin says: Jul 11, 2017 7:30 AM

    IMO KC for whatever reason does not want to continue playing in DC. Company politics probably the most likely culprit. But getting paid $43.5 MILLIONand change for 2016 & 2017 (2 years) is nothing short of specatucular given his performance on the field -thus far. Yes, he’s been the best qb the skins have and in a long time and he’s quite capable but it appera stats and $$ are his motivating factor and not WINS and playoff apperances. He’s already way ovepaid for his contribution to the teams success or lack there of. LTD will not get done, KC and his team wont allow it, and once again roll the dice on 2017 being a good year for KC.

  18. 4sacroc says: Jul 11, 2017 7:43 AM

    The last memory of Cousins — at home, throwing a killer pick with division on the line against a Giants team with nothing to play for — was further evidence he’s ‘just a guy.’

  19. intrafinesse says: Jul 11, 2017 7:57 AM

    Who would be stupid enough to do that? The Redskins?

    >>piis31415 says:
    Jul 10, 2017 11:26 PM
    I hope Cousins not only squeezes them for everything he can, but that he also gets the first contract that is based on a percentage of the salary cap and is fully guaranteed.

  20. LionsPride69 says: Jul 11, 2017 8:36 AM

    Bob Griffen, Colt McCoy, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Donovan McNabb, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins… They should lock him up unless Todd Marinovich suddenly becomes available

  21. mvalvt says: Jul 11, 2017 8:36 AM

    That nothing is happening is a sign that Cousins has all the leverage and he probably doesn’t want to be a part of the Redskins with Bruce Allen (mis)managing the team.

    To all those who b*tch about W/L: The Redskins are 125-162-1 and 1-5 in playoff games since 1999. Issues of record run deeper than one QB. Like a defense that can’t get off the field on third down.

    But, if you’re still stuck on assigning TEAM records on one player: since Cousins has been the full time starter, the team has been the most successful in back to back seasons since 2007-08.

  22. feckyerlife says: Jul 11, 2017 9:05 AM

    This is what happens when you keep Bruce Allen over Scot McCloughan

  23. douglasdfresh says: Jul 11, 2017 9:40 AM

    KC is playing the game, but for every dollar the Skins spend on him, it’s one less on D, O-line, WR, etc…ALL things that will put KC in a position to WIN games instead of just putting up solid stats in a loss. [counterpoint: it’s the Skins, so no promises they’ll use that space wisely]

    If he wants to be the highest paid loser of a QB, keep it up, hold the Skins hostage, take up half their cap, and they’ll be the same team they’ve been for the past 2 years, just good enough to lose in round 1 of playoffs….

    If you want to win games and go to the playoffs, you take a little less (still prob in the 23-25 mil area, so pretty ok), so the team can be good….or you go to a place like SF, where they will have a lot of rookie contracts and can afford KC for a 3-4 year window, and *hope* the rebuild around you was successful.

  24. gbanman says: Jul 11, 2017 9:41 AM

    He won’t think about signing a long term deal until he milks the franchise money this year (24mm) and next year (28mm). Only after the 2018 season ends will he sit down and look at all offers when he’s an unrestricted free agent. If he does sign with Washington it will come down to how much he values his relationship with Gruden. Hence, it was actually one of Washington’s smartest moves to extend Gruden.

  25. redlikethepig says: Jul 11, 2017 10:07 AM

    The movie will be titled “Unlikable”. Shia LaBeouf will play Kirk Cousins with Joaquin Phoenix as “Little” Danny Snyder.

  26. boss81hogg says: Jul 11, 2017 10:31 AM

    Been a fan of the Redskins since 1981. Kirk would be better served playing on the tag then moving on in 2018. There’s just too much ownership/front office dysfunction here to build a winning product.

    It’s sad and very depressing but its true.

  27. nhpats says: Jul 11, 2017 10:38 AM

    altajo3 says:
    Jul 10, 2017 9:51 PM
    Should have signed him two years ago! Has he won a playoff game yet?

    ————

    Apparently winning playoff games is not relevant….. Carr just signed a huge contract and he hasn’t sniffed a win

  28. somethinghappeninghere says: Jul 11, 2017 10:40 AM

    So Kirk Cousins wants a lot more than what Tom Brady is getting…is he serious? Don’t like the Pats, but I do like that Brady gives more of a damned about his team than most QBs (of lesser talent) do–and believe me–Cousins IS a lesser talent!

  29. dirtydrynn27 says: Jul 11, 2017 11:31 AM

    Hope you guys are having fun bashing My Redskins…..I hope your team has the worst record in team history!!!!! And whats worse if you call yourself a Redskins fan and you bash the team….Go jump on another teams bandwagon you interior hater!!!!

  30. Drunk Uncle says: Jul 11, 2017 12:02 PM

    I kind of like the Skins players and history, but Snyder is like a mutant offspring of Jeffrey Loria and Chris Christie. It’s hard to be more unlikeable.

  31. thesmartestmanever says: Jul 11, 2017 1:35 PM

    Let him walk…. Out Colt McCoy behind the third best O-line in the league and let him throw check downs to Reed and Crowder. It won’t be hard. HTTR!!!!

  32. trun0rth says: Jul 11, 2017 1:54 PM

    Here’s my take:
    – The Skins have been reluctant to invest in Cousins, and he’s now playing his second year under the tag. They wouldn’t invest in him when he was willing to give them a hometown discount, he took all the injury risk himself, and he isn’t going to forget about that
    – As per the CBA, players can only be tagged twice in their career. So he isn’t getting tagged again next year.
    – He plays out this year, then leaves Washington in a hurry. Maybe for San Fran, maybe the highest bidder. They can’t tag him, they can only sign him long term. And if I’m him, I’m flipping double birds on my way out the door
    – In the wake of this mess, Bruce Allen finally gets the day of reckoning that he so richly deserves.

  33. zeusdagod says: Jul 11, 2017 4:49 PM

    laserw says:
    Jul 10, 2017 7:48 PM
    I would like to apply how the Golden State Warriors treat their great players and they provide a clue as to how the Redskins must approach Cousins.

    Clearly Cousins was the odd man out when he was drafted. He was an after thought and many would argue (incorrectly) that Cousins isn’t a starter with much upside.

    Cousins has done EVERYTHING asked of him and more and has demonstrated a complete grasp of the offense.

    The management has done him dirty by their lack of investment into his needs and a complete lack of trust in him; the coaches have done well with him, but because management has shown him no respect, Cousins should never give this team a discount.

    This is a chance for the Redskins to start to build a team around key players and to build a core to upgrade; those who demand that Cousins win a Super Bowl yesterday are fools – but we have a chance to take our own home grown guy and to have him lead us to the eventual prize. If we are not willing to grow with him, then don’t even bother with him. Throw a lowball figure at a nothing QB and stay mediocre.

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    As a non-Redskins fan, this has been my entire argument with deluded Redskins fans the entire time. There are stil fans holding out on hope that the front office will come to their senses but my argument is if that were the case, why are we a week away from the deadline and no new talks of resolution are abound? Once again, The Redskins front office will find a way to muck up a resolvable situation and be the soap opera team that settles in mediocrity that they’ve lingered in for over 2 decades.

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