With 49ers next on schedule, Kirk Cousins gets asked about his future

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With Kirk Cousins playing out the year on the franchise tag, there’s a very real possibility that he’ll be heading to a new team in 2018.

Given his past working relationship with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan when Shanahan was with the Redskins and the 49ers’ need for a long-term answer at quarterback, there’s been talk that Cousins could make the jump to Santa Clara. With the 49ers in Washington this weekend, that talk seeped into a conference call with 49ers reporters on Wednesday.

Cousins said his thoughts are on the present and not the future.

“There’s just so much to do between now and then,” Cousins said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “This league is so challenging. It’s about right now. And it’s about doing all I can right now to hopefully be in a position to where Washington won’t let me leave, or doesn’t want to leave because I’ve done my job. So that’s where my focus lies. We’ll see how it all shakes out.”

While it’s hard to imagined the 49ers won’t be in the mix for Cousins if he hits the open market, speculating about what’s going to happen in March in October is a good way to wind up looking silly. There are too many variables involved, which makes it a much sounder plan to concentrate on the 12 games left in this season and then figure it all out from there.

34 responses to “With 49ers next on schedule, Kirk Cousins gets asked about his future

  1. It’s too early to tell when the 49ers will be drafting, but at 0-5, they’re looking at a pretty high pick. There are a few QB’s coming out this year that will be much better than Cousins, and much, much cheaper. The only way the 49ers sign Cousins is if they have no confidence in John Lynch’s ability to evaluate and draft a great QB. Lynch would be wise (and I’m sure he is) to pass that duty on to someone else. It might not be a bad idea to get Kyle’s dad, Mike Shanahan involved in the process.

  2. San Fran seemed like such a good opportunity in the preseason.
    But Shanahan has definitely made Cousins’ decision a lot harder.
    Unless, of course, working for Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen is truly as-awful as some have claimed.

  3. Cousins is talented and seems like a level headed dude. I hope that he takes off for another team and kills it, leaving Washington back at square one again. The skins brougt it on themselves.

  4. If the 49ers had a franchise QB who could get off to fast starts and improve our Redzone efficiency we’ll be at least 4-1 or 3-2.

    2018 options..

    1.Kirk Cousins
    2. Even though Sam Darnold and Josh Allen may be better,
    Josh Rosen may be more of what Kyle’s looking for. A natural born pure passer who does everything instinctively well.

  5. speculating about what’s going to happen in March in October is a good way to wind up looking silly

    I can speculate without looking silly. Someone will give him a HUGE paycheck in March. That’s something you can count on.

  6. I’m a Niners fan and it’s hard for me to say this but: at 0-5 (and likely soon to be 0-6), San Francisco isn’t looking like a destination I’d like to go to if I was one of the better veteran QBs with the freedom to choose my team in Free Agency.

  7. He has an overinflated sense of his own value after being tagged twice and they have money to burn. I’d love to see them waste it on a guy who’s little better than journeyman-quality.

  8. Kirk to 9ers makes sense in a lot of ways. But what if Eli suddenly retires after the season. Or Brady, or Brees, or Roethlisberger. Suddenly there’s some much more interesting options for him to think about, with better teams or markets. Not to mention certain teams getting desperate at the right time, who think they are the right QB away from contention (Vikings, Bengals, Cardinals, Jaguars

    We can all be sure of one thing, and that’s that he won’t be back in Washington. They didn’t want him when he was affordable, suddenly they would want him at the hyper-inflated price they stupidly created? Umm, no.

    The only reasons Kirk would thank the Redskins for are for giving him a chance, a lot of money, and a ludicrous market value going into free agency. He seems classy so he will definitely thank the fans for their support. Then he’s out the door.

  9. Thinking Cousins would sign with a failed team is berserk. He has pocketed $50Million in the last two years. If he goes anywhere, he will go to a team that he thinks can go to the SB with the addition of his talents.
    Teams, IMO, that might be attractive to him: Jacksonville, Denver, Minnesota, Buffalo, NE(if Brady retires), Dallas (if Prescott lays an egg this season).
    Any to add to this list?

  10. Skins will end up signing him to a contract that will change how QB’s are paid. 6 years, $180MM, with 4 years and $112MM guaranteed. They can’t and won’t let him walk.

  11. If Cousins ends up in San Fran…..will anyone know or care?
    Empty stadium, irrelevant team, players more concerned about social justice opportunities, indifferent fan base
    Why do California teams keep moving away from their fan bases? Raiders…to another state. Rams ….from another state. San Fran…….to another area code. San Diego….to a city that doesn’t care.
    And with an 11% state income tax, playing in California has a punitive dimension to it.
    Well done Roger and the Full 32.

  12. His value will change if the salary cap takes a hit, like it currently looks is possible. Perhaps they offer him a fixed percentage of the cap?

  13. I do think this guy says all the right things. Hes is smart.

    I do agree with the comment above that there are many other destinations aside from SF and DC for him to choose from. I mean it certainly would be possible for him to land on a Giants team and Eli heading to hook up with his old coach in Jax. Stranger things have happened. Its going to be interesting. For those thinking SF is a sure thing I say dont bet the house.

  14. Plenty of teams are/will be looking for a good QB. Cousins seems like a bright guy, so he will stay with the system he knows or will go to a contender.

    There is no reason for anybody with money in the bank to waste their career in SF or Cleveland.

  15. .
    The 49ers are going to end up with one of the top QBs in the draft. That way Shanahan buys time and can’t be held accountable to anyone and, most importantly, he can’t be fired.

    BTW… Where’s all the talk about how John Lynch and Shanahan made fools of the 31 other franchises in the draft? Remember the media announced that all the 49ers picks were going to the Hall of Fame while everyone else was a bust?
    .

  16. Why is everyone so sure he wants to work with Kyle. Appears he and Jay have a great relationship, it’s working and Kirk has had huge years every since Jay made him the starter.

  17. Buffalo Bills,
    New York Jets,
    Miami Dolphins,
    Jacksonville Jaguars,
    Cleveland Browns,
    Washington Redskins,

    All those teams except Washington would view Cousins as a significant upgrade over their current QB.

    Jacksonville is a threat with a legitimate QB, their run game, and their high end defense. The Jets, Bills, and Browns have been looking for a stable starting QB for years.

    Kirk is going to set the market. However you feel about that is irrelevant. He has done enough mixed with the fact that experienced top 10 starting QBs in their primes rarely ever hit free agency.

  18. Kirk is going to get paid by the Redskins. He’s going to get paid more than they ever thought they would have to pay him because they acted foolishly but they will pay him.

  19. “The 49ers are going to end up with one of the top QBs in the draft. That way Shanahan buys time and can’t be held accountable to anyone and, most importantly, he can’t be fired.

    BTW… Where’s all the talk about how John Lynch and Shanahan made fools of the 31 other franchises in the draft? Remember the media announced that all the 49ers picks were going to the Hall of Fame while everyone else was a bust?”

    Who said the picks would all be hall of fame and you are already judging a draft after just half a season? Foster looks like a beast till he injured his ankle and Thomas is a bit inconsistent but looks promising. Kittle had a breakout game last week and Taylor has looked good.

  20. Is Kirk Cousins 4 points a game better than Brian Hoyer? If the answer is yes (which it is) then Kirk would have the 49ers sitting at 4-1 right now. Add Kirk, a top 5 pick in round 1 and an extra pick in both rounds 2 & 3 and you could see the 49ers jump from worse to first in the NFC West in one year.

  21. There are a few QB’s coming out this year that will be much better than Cousins, and much, much cheaper. The only way the 49ers sign Cousins is if they have no confidence in John Lynch’s ability to evaluate and draft a great QB.
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    QB evaluation may be the most challenging thing in professional sports. There’s no absolute way to know that any quarterback this year will be better than Kirk Cousins. and no matter how much the niners trust Lynch’s ability to evaluate QB’s, there’s no guarantee he’ll be right. And even if he is, it may take several years of doubt for the QB to pan out (Bradford, Goff, Stafford, Winston). Cousins is a known quantity. An extremely expensive known quantity, but there are no definite answers in the draft.

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