Kirk Cousins wants to win, and find the right team he can help win

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Two things can happen for Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason, and both of them are lucrative: He can either sign the franchise tag and play another season for Washington with a guaranteed salary of $34 million, or he can hit unrestricted free agency and shop himself to the highest bidder.

Cousins is excited about those possibilities. But if he does hit free agency, he wants a team that will not only offer him a lot of money but also offer him an opportunity to win a Super Bowl.

“Is money a part of it? Sure. Is it the only thing? No,” Cousins said on PFT Live. “It is about winning, and that’s what I want more than anything, so I’m going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I’m in the best possible position to win, and that’s what the focus is going to be.”

Cousins has signed the franchise tag the last two years, and he indicated that if Washington puts the tag on him again this year, he’ll sign it again and play the 2018 season for $34 million.

“I think we’ll do what we’ve done the past two seasons. There’s no need to change the script. Stay consistent with the plan: Let the team do what they want to do,” Cousins said. “We’ll see what the Redskins want to do and then I’ll react accordingly.”

Although some players complain about the franchise tag, Cousins has already played on it twice and said he and his agent think it’s a good deal for a quarterback.

“There’s been a false narrative out there,” Cousins said. “Mike McCartney has really counseled me all along, if the team franchises you one, two, three times, just sign it.”

So what happens when the new league year begins in March? Does Cousins sign another franchise tag? Does he sign a long-term deal to remain in Washington? Or does he leave?

“We’ll see where it ends,” Cousins said of his career in Washington. “It may end this March, it may end years from now. Who knows?”

86 responses to “Kirk Cousins wants to win, and find the right team he can help win

  1. Hi! Welcome to Jacksonville. Here’s you $15 million per year. Have a nice trip to the Super Bowl.

  2. I am a big Cousins fan. I hope he finds the best situation for himself and family. It probably won’t be in Washington. I don’t see them franchising him again, but you never know.

  3. January 30, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    Hi! Welcome to Jacksonville. Here’s you $15 million per year. Have a nice trip to the Super Bowl.
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    If you think he’s gonna take $15 million per year, I think you might be in for some sticker shock.

  4. 34 million… 34 MILLION for one season. A season in which the Redskins are gonna finish 4th in the NFC East with or without him. I’m thinking he’s finally out of there, no way they pony up that dough for an extra 2 or 3 wins that will only hurt them in the 2019 Draft anyway.

  5. Jax makes sense to a degree.

    It all depends on what Coughlin/Caldwell/Marrone think of the Trashman. I personally am a fan.

  6. If Washington had someone running the team that knew what they were doing, they would’ve signed him to a long term deal 2 years ago. For what they’ve paid him for two years, they could’ve had him signed for at least 4 years. Go ahead and pay him $34 mil for one more season, Cousins will happily take it. Then you’ll be in the exact same position again next year. I love it!

  7. Jags all the way. $34 Million? Back up the Brinks truck, and get out of the way Tom Brady. Even with Bortles and bad refs, we still almost beat you. Our time is 2018.

  8. If the Redskins want Cousins to continue being the QB of the Redskins, then he will be the QB of the Redskins. If the Redskins don’t want him, though, then he will end being the QB of another team besides the Redskins.

  9. ariani1985 said:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    WILL my lowly Packers be in the hunt?

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    No, but the Vikings would kill for him. Oh, wait, he said he wants to go someplace where he can win. Never mind.

  10. There are few teams where he’d be a great fit, but I think 3 standout:

    Denver
    Jax
    Arizona

    I think he winds up on one of those 3 teams and he’ll be a great addition for whoever gets him.

  11. dadsource says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm
    Jags all the way. $34 Million? Back up the Brinks truck, and get out of the way Tom Brady. Even with Bortles and bad refs, we still almost beat you. Our time is 2018.

    PLAY A FIRST PLACE SCHEDULE…PLAY NIGHT GAMES FOLLOWED BY SHORT WEEKS

    Then watch your players leave for serious $$$ they do not deserve.

    Then…you’ll get an appreciation of how hard it is to repeat winning seasons, never mind championships.

  12. Perception, people, is NOT reality. It is perception: a mental impression. This guy has had three years to prove if he is anything more than meaningless passing yards to TE’s and running backs. He has not.
    I could not say it better than Scott Ferrell. The truth about Cousins and his impact on winning records. He is a regular season QB. he does just fine against bad to mediocre teams-but against the tough teams-nothing.

  13. He beat out Nick Foles at Michigan State, causing Foles to transfer. I hope the money he has made makes him feel better seeing Foles take the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

  14. dadsource says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Jags all the way. $34 Million? Back up the Brinks truck, and get out of the way Tom Brady. Even with Bortles and bad refs, we still almost beat you. Our time is 2018.
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    5 years 125 with 100 guaranteed might get it done. And he’d be a good fit there.

  15. briang123 says: Foles did not take the Eagles to the Super Bowl. He is along for the ride and had Foles started the entire season Philly would be home this weekend.

  16. Not sure what all this hatred for Cousins is about. The Redskins continue to overachieve with him under center. 7-9 last year on a team with a devastated offensive line, injured tight ends, no running game, below par receivers, and an abysmal defense. Any other QB and they’d be a two or three win team. Cousins has consistently done more with less than any QB in the league.

  17. cheapseater says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Hi! Welcome to Jacksonville. Here’s you $15 million per year. Have a nice trip to the Super Bowl.
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    They’re throwing in Super Bowl tickets? Sweet!

  18. K. Cousins 30/40 303 3 td 1 int vs the eagles
    K. Cousins 26/45 327 1 td 1 int TWO rushing td`s vs the vikings
    K. Cousins 22/32 322 3 td 0 int vs thre saints

    Not sure but those are pretty decent #`s playing top teams…. @ the poster saying he only plays well vs bad teams

  19. He’s got some amazing options. Jags, Vikings, Bills are all playoff teams in need of a QB. Arizona, Jets, Dolphins even SF isn’t off the table, and obviously Cleveland. I wouldn’t touch any of those last 5 though. Maybe the Niners.

  20. Tom Brady wins his 6th Lombardi and abruptly retires. New England offers up 2 first round picks to get Garoppolo back from Clara. Kirk Cousins signs 6 year deal with Clara.

  21. Kirk is a nice guy, good qb. “Didn’t see anything special there” said Scot McCloughan. In other words Kirk is a jag. (just another guy) Let him go. We’ll be just as good with Colt McCoy without all the annoying, nonsensical comments from Kirk.

  22. I like him…but he is also capable of throwing the game killing INT at crunch time.
    $34m is insane but the NFL pays insane money for good qb’s.

    I think Jax sticks with Bort.

  23. If Nick Foles/Eagles best Brady/Patriots, then Kirk Cousins will be “2nd String” on the market.

  24. “Here’s you $15 million per year. ”

    Are we back in 2005 now? Cousins will be commanding $28 mil a year at minimum, likely at least $30 million.

  25. Mr Hayes says:
    January 30, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    K. Cousins 30/40 303 3 td 1 int vs the eagles
    K. Cousins 26/45 327 1 td 1 int TWO rushing td`s vs the vikings
    K. Cousins 22/32 322 3 td 0 int vs thre saints

    Not sure but those are pretty decent #`s playing top teams…. @ the poster saying he only plays well vs bad teams
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    Cousins record in the NFC East this year is 1-5! He lost to the saints. And in many of Cousins games where he has won, the defense got at least one turnover to give him extra attempts. For the system cousins plays in you have to put aside his stats. They are pretty predictable as he makes a living checking down to RB’s and TE’s. The skins had a running game until Cousins became the starter. The way he plays is a running game killer. He doesnt make people better. I mean Pryor was a 1000 yard receiver while playing for 5 different QB’s. Gets with Cousins and either the touch or spin or something on the ball just is not working. And cousins has never been the type of leader like a Big Ben who has balls and helps his guys play at the highest level-doesnt seem to matter who they have. This guy is a passing yards between the 20’s fraud.

  26. dadsource says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm
    Jags all the way. $34 Million? Back up the Brinks truck, and get out of the way Tom Brady. Even with Bortles and bad refs, we still almost beat you. Our time is 2018.

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    Not after you have cleared that cap space you wont. Might not even make the playoffs if you go that route.

    To your point Bortles almost got the job done. He was really only one insanely good defensive play away from putting you in the SB. Stick with him and spend that extra money bolstering the team in other areas.

  27. Four Wheel Low says:
    January 30, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    dadsource says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm
    Jags all the way. $34 Million? Back up the Brinks truck, and get out of the way Tom Brady. Even with Bortles and bad refs, we still almost beat you. Our time is 2018.

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    Not after you have cleared that cap space you wont. Might not even make the playoffs if you go that route.

    To your point Bortles almost got the job done. He was really only one insanely good defensive play away from putting you in the SB. Stick with him and spend that extra money bolstering the team in other areas.

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    Bortles final four possessions in the fourth quarter against the Patriots:

    Three plays, 9 yards, punt
    Five plays, 22 yards, punt
    Three plays, -1 yard, punt
    Six plays, 32 yards, turnover on downs

    Don’t forget Bortles couldn’t cash in on the turnover by Myles Jack in the fourth quarter and went three and out instead. Also don’t forget Bortles horrible performance against the Bills in the playoffs.

  28. For those trying to disparage Cousins for not winning more games, Drew Brees went 7-9 and missed the playoffs the three seasons prior to this one and he had a lot more to work with than Cousins ever has. Cousins is a very good QB who has played on a bad team. Most QB’s can’t overcome that including Brees. The Skins lost so many starters this year to FA and injury yet Cousins continued to play at a high level. The lack of respect for this guy is unbelievable. If he ever gets on a team with a defense watch out.

  29. jackedupboonie says:
    January 30, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Tom Brady wins his 6th Lombardi and abruptly retires. New England offers up 2 first round picks to get Garoppolo back from Clara. Kirk Cousins signs 6 year deal with Clara.

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    Wow you thought using “Clara” when referring to the San Francisco 49ers was clever, how sad.

  30. cueghost says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:16 pm
    34 million… 34 MILLION for one season. A season in which the Redskins are gonna finish 4th in the NFC East with or without him. I’m thinking he’s finally out of there, no way they pony up that dough for an extra 2 or 3 wins that will only hurt them in the 2019 Draft anyway. There is no way he gets 34 million unless he stays in washington. Stafford, Brady, Rogers, all make between 20-25 million a year, the franchise price this year will be around 23.5 million a year. Somewhere around 25 should be his number

  31. Wish my packers had somebody like him. My gosh, Arodge is a dope and will never be the same again with 13 screws. Let’s give cousin 30 mil a year. Hope my Packers get it done.

  32. Wish my packers had somebody like him. My gosh, Arodge is a dope and will never be the same again with 13 screws. Let’s give cousin 30 mil a year. Hope my Packers get it done. Go pack go.

  33. Four Wheel Low says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:15 pm
    He has a quandry there. If the team gives him a lot of money they dont have it left over to build a team around him.
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    That’s not really his concern at all. Players want money first then championships. The only exceptions are guys that know they are at the end of the line or guys that have been paid an insane amount of money already and have yet to win a championship.

  34. I want to see Cousins go to a more talented team like Jacksonville, Denver, or Arizona. I want to see if Cousins matters. Otherwise we are going to have another dull .500 Redskins season.

  35. I would agree with others on Jacksonville or Denver for 5 years at $150 million with $35 million guaranteed spread over a couple of years and another $30 guaranteed after those two years.

    The message he sent here is that he has no use for Cleveland.

  36. Love seeing people making excuses for Cousins and the Washington Football team with all their injuries. Meanwhile their division rival who lost a MVP QB, Hall of Fame LT, Pro Bowl RB, and Defensive and Special Teams Captains are gearing up to play one more game. Next man up.

  37. I like Kirk and think he’s a decent guy. He’s also a decent QB. However, the writing in on the wall and has been since he didn’t bother to counter the offer the Skins gave him in the offseason last year. He doesn’t want to play for them and that’s his call. The Skins will not be tagging him this year and as a fan, while it stinks, I can live with that. When it comes to the Skins, Kirk is going to take the highest amount of money. He’s still pissed about what went down in 2012 & 13. That’s fine. The Skins need to move on from this and pull the band-aid off and finally go a different direction.

  38. cheapseater says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    Hi! Welcome to Jacksonville. Here’s you $15 million per year. Have a nice trip to the Super Bowl.
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    You must not be paying attention. $15 million is not going to cut it. He made $23.9 this season. Im not sure he’d be willing to take a $9 million dollar pay cut to play in Jacksonville.

  39. He is a big liar. I bet if Cleveland which would have a hard time to even make it to play-off, let alone the SB (and win it?) offer him the most money, he will sign with them.

  40. Sorry but 34 million per season and you name isn’t Brady, Rogers, Brees or Roethlisberger and Cousins is a fit for no team at that price. I understand the Redskins bungled this deal but that doesn’t require the free agent market to follow suit. This guys is a lower end 2nd tier quarterback lumped in with the likes of Stafford and Dalton. If you get the parts around him he can win but if he has pieces missing your team will be 7-9, 8-8. Sorry but that’s not worth 30 million dollars. Only elite qb’s should be able to demand that kind of payday, Kirk Cousins isn’t good enough to make a team better. A team would be better served drafting a young player with upside at a much lower rate.

  41. Jags all the way.

    They were minutes from the Super Bowl. They are getting back their top receiver, they had the number one rushing offense in the league, one of the top defenses.

    And they have the cap room to pull it off.

    It’s a perfect fit.

  42. As an Eagles fan and a business owner, I can sympathize with Kirt. He deserves to be with the upper tier QB’s. He’s a master most tim es behind center and I would say having to be tagged year in and year out plays on his mind. Think how good he can be where he’s shown some appreciation. He needs to go elsewhere if Mr Snyder doesn’t think they need to pay the man. As a business owner I would never hold an employee back from going elsewhere if that’s what makes them happy. Never burn bridges, Mr Snyder

  43. “firecracker87 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 5:12 pm
    People keep mentioning Jacksonville. Do you believe Kirk is THAT much better than Blake?”

    Yes.

    Bortles had games where he flashed. But he was way too inconsistent. And he missed throws in the fourth quarter that would’ve helped Jacksonville get to the Super Bowl.

    As close at they were, I think Cousins wins that game.

  44. Cleveland will offer him 27 mil per year and Buffalo will offer 26.8. He will then sign with buffalo saying he turned the most lucrative contract down because he wants to win. Although really what’s 200k when you’re making 26.8. He will then spin it like he is a team player leaving more money on the table for Buffalo to sign more players lol. Such a joke

  45. I am pretty surprised that more people aren’t talking about the Vikings. They have the biggest qb controversy in NFL history. No QBs on roster. None. my personal request is that the Vikings sign Bridgewater superncheap, draft Lamar Jackson and let them battle it out in training camp and preseason. If that doesn’t happen sign cousins.

  46. Kevin Norman says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:57 pm
    Not sure what all this hatred for Cousins is about. The Redskins continue to overachieve with him under center. 7-9 last year on a team with a devastated offensive line, injured tight ends, no running game, below par receivers, and an abysmal defense. Any other QB and they’d be a two or three win team. Cousins has consistently done more with less than any QB in the league.

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    Every time a quarterback is about to cash in the peanut gallery chimes in with nonsense like it’s their money that’s about to be spent. I saw it in here with Russell Wilson, I saw it with Drew Brees, I saw it with Cam Newton…..it never ends. Russell Wilson was supposedly overpaid and carried by his defense, Drew Brees supposedly was greedy and in decline, and on and on

  47. Yes.

    Bortles had games where he flashed. But he was way too inconsistent. And he missed throws in the fourth quarter that would’ve helped Jacksonville get to the Super Bowl.

    As close at they were, I think Cousins wins that game.
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    If history is the best predictor of the future-you need to ask: How come he has not managed to do that for the Redskins-and he has been in that system for four long years? Year after year after year, he has lost games they should have won but he did not have enough or Barry Church or Rogers-Cromartie made him wet his pants. He is so easy to bait. He has made bad decisions at crucial times too often. I mean even a broke clock is right twice a day!

  48. That $150 million for 5 years scares me. Every time John Elway and the Denver Broncos get into a bidding war with the Jacksonville Jaguars they lose. Calais Campbell, Julius Thomas and Malik Jackson.

    By the way if the Washington Redskins franchise Kirk Cousins again then he will indeed be worth $34 million dollars. Is he an elite, top 5 quarterback, of course not but dollar signs are dollar signs and Kirk will be laughing all the way to the bank for the 3rd consecutive time.

  49. Serious question: Has anyone in an NFL front office ever screwed the pooch worse than Bruce “Winning Off the Field” Allen and Lil Danny have with this mindless, absurd, highly expensive Cousins thing?

    The Browns missing big-time QBs while picking Manziel in the last couple of years is certainly in the running. And, who can forget Vikings GM Mike Lynn’s blockbustingly bad trade for Herschel Walker with the Cowboys back in the day? Or, how about has-been Mike Ditka falling in love with Ricky Williams during his cup of coffee with the Saints and giving up a whole draft?

    But, when it comes to day-in, day-out, week-in, week-out, season-in, season-out and soon to be decade-in, decade-out bumbling incompetence with a side of preening arrogance – no one can touch Lil Danny.

  50. If he truly wants to win, he should sign for about $17-18 million per year, with a lot in guarantees/signing bonus. He has already made quite a bit of money, and that would still be a lot of money, especially if the deal was structured to guarantee most of it. But, that would leave the team with room to sign more players around him, which makes them more likely to win. Someone may offer him closer to $25 or more, but that extra $7-8 million spent on upgrading a couple more roster spots will go a long way to help the team.

  51. Alex Smith just got traded to the Redskins’
    I love ya Kirk and wish you well.
    I hate to say this but I hope you come back to DC and beat the Redskins every time just to shove it in Snyder and Allen’s face.

  52. “Is money a part of it? Sure. Is it the only thing? No,” Cousins said on PFT Live.”
    Just take the money. I would. The owners create salary caps and then tell you “We’d LOVE to pay you more but we can’t. We don’t have enough cap room. Screw ’em. It’ s a business. Get paid.

  53. famundacheese says:
    January 30, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    Minny gave up a 1st and a 4th for Bradford. For Cousins they may do the Deluxe Hershel Walker package.
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    Pretty tough to trade for a free agent there, sport. I guess we’ll see though…

  54. Alex Smith was traded to Washington for a 3rd rounder and a CB and he signed an extension for four years $94 million. Not a bad deal. Cousins wants way more apparently and he isn’t getting that from a contender as a contender can’t put that kind of money into one position.

  55. Captain Obvious here. What limits a team’s roster firepower is NOT the money concentrated on stars it’s the number of roster spaces. Good players are not going to refuse to play as the music stops in this game of musical chairs. They will play for what’s left and they will not be of lesser ability at lesser pay. What devastated the Redskins was not the loss of players it was the injured players still on roster. Platoon in healthy bodies and spend on skill. And don’t replace functional pieces address deficiencies. Redskins were a star RB and a slightly improved defense away from a playoff run.

  56. davekva72 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm
    If Washington had someone running the team that knew what they were doing, they would’ve signed him to a long term deal 2 years ago. For what they’ve paid him for two years, they could’ve had him signed for at least 4 years. Go ahead and pay him $34 mil for one more season, Cousins will happily take it. Then you’ll be in the exact same position again next year. I love it!
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    For the record – Cousins has rejected every long term deal placed in front of him. He and his agent are all about the money and have held the Redskins hostage via the franchise tag. That is why the Redskins are so eager to do a deal for Alex Smith – they are finally free to negotiate with a professional NFL QB.

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