Jay Gruden: Kirk Cousins is a guy we’d like to keep around

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With a perfect passer rating in Sunday’s win over the Saints, Kirk Cousins is coming off the best game of his career.

While some credit for the performance has to go to a Saints defense that may or may not have a new coordinator before they return to the field in Week 12, Cousins’s play was better even before getting a chance to feast on New Orleans. He’s thrown eight touchdowns and one interception in his last three games and that uptick has people wondering about whether the Redskins will sign Cousins to an extension.

Coach Jay Gruden wouldn’t share whether there have been any talks on that front, saying that it’s something handled by General Manager Scot McCloughan and team president Bruce Allen that they want to keep “in-house.” He was willing to say that the team would like to hold onto Cousins.

“Obviously Kirk’s a guy we’d like to keep around but that will be up to Scot, Kirk’s agent, and Kirk,” Gruden said, via CSNMid-Atlantic.com.

While Cousins’s price would likely go up if he continues to produce the way he did against the Saints or the Buccaneers in Week Seven, the decision should also be up to what happens over the remainder of the season. Paying more for a quarterback who can regularly perform at a high level might not be ideal, but at least you’d have more confidence about it being a reasonable expectation for the future than tying yourself to a player whose previous starting experience didn’t have anyone clamoring for a deal.