Scot McCloughan reiterates desire to sign Kirk Cousins to long-term deal


Washington has applied the franchise tag to quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins has signed it. It means that he’s under contract for 2016, at nearly $20 million.

The two sides have only until July 15 to sign Cousins to a deal that goes beyond 2016. During a Tuesday morning visit to PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, G.M. Scot McCloughan was asked whether there’s any reason to think the contract will be done before the deadline, given that this is a deadline-driven business.

“I can’t answer that. I don’t know for sure, but we would love to get it done,” McCloughan said. “We would love to get it done but you’re well aware of how the business works. He’s our leader on offense, he’s our quarterback. He won the [NFC] East for us last year, a 16-game quarterback, took us to the playoffs.

“But it takes two sides to come together and it is a big contract and it’s gonna be a long-term contract. The years, the money and the incentives, all that stuff comes into play. But it’s ongoing. I really believe, talking with Kirk and of course myself and our organization, we want to get a long-term deal done. He wants to be here, he sees what’s going on, the positive energy, and it’s a business. It takes time these long term deals, big deals like this.”

The deadline is important in situations like this because nobody wants to move close to a bottom-line position with time left to negotiate. Whoever does that ends up potentially getting squeezed off the bottom-line position later. So both sides keep it in neutral until there’s limited time remaining, and then they try to figure out if their bottom-line positions intersect.

Regardless of what Cousins wants and what Washington is willing to offer, he has $19.95 million in the bank for 2016. After 2016, Washington will have to decide between letting the market set his value or paying him $23.94 million. So unless Washington is offering $43.89 million over the first two years, Cousins arguably should let the process play itself out.

His recent comments seem to suggest that he’s willing to do just that. By saying that he doesn’t deserve a long-term deal if he doesn’t play well in 2016, Cousins is saying that he’s willing to bet on himself for a second straight season.

Last year, Cousins parlayed a $660,000 salary into nearly $20 million for one year. That’s an increase of more than 3,000 percent. So he’s familiar with going all in and winning big. This time around, he’s got a much, much larger bird in the hand.

For Washington, there’s significant risk in letting Cousins hit the open market. As Washington proved two weeks ago when signing cornerback Josh Norman, sometimes another team is willing to pay a guy who is the property another team a lot more than the other team is willing to pay him.

8 responses to “Scot McCloughan reiterates desire to sign Kirk Cousins to long-term deal

  1. Skins will be searching for a new QB again after 2016 season. Common sense tells us that Cousins is average at best.

  2. “For Washington, there’s significant risk in letting Cousins hit the open market.”

    And there’s even greater risk in signing an unproven QB to a multi-year deal with significant guaranteed money. Just ask the 49ers how well their smaller deal with Colin Kaepernick has worked out for them.

    I’m no fan of Washington and I think Snyder is an obnoxious blowhard but Washington is being smart by showing caution and limits in its negotiation with Cousins.

    Replacing a QB is not nearly as hard as this posting implies, having a QB put up 1 or 2 decent to good years is far from an indication that the QB can provide 5 good years. Just ask the Bucs how well Josh Freeman is playing for them these days, or ask Washington how RG3 is doing, or ask the Titans how Vince Young is doing, or ask the Eagles how Nick Foles is doing, etc All of those QBs had 1 or 2 decent to even great years and did nothing afterwards.

  3. I have a feeling Cousins is going to be sorry he didn’t sign the long term deal. However he doesn’t seem like the type to blow his money, so the one year may be enough to last him a long time.
    He needs players around him to make him look good. He really wasn’t very effective last year until D-Jax and Jordan Reed were back on the field.

  4. Bigjd. Uh yeah of course when your missing your biggest playmaker in the passing game a young qb is going to struggle. He’s not tom brady……………….YET. Haha.

  5. Idiots who think Cousins is a one year wonder are also probably the idiots who thought the Great Gimmick would rise above his one year wonder history.

    I want to lecture and to school you Cousins haters – he improved consistently in college. When Cousins had the chance to start and finish a season, he consistently improved.

    The Great Gimmick had only one year in college above average; and he did the same in the pros. The Great Gimmick turned in horrific second and third seasons and could not grasp the fundamentals of how to play the pro QB position; Cousins already has blown away the Great Gimmick in single season QB totals.

    I would suggest that if you doubt Cousins, you aren’t even informed. I have followed him and the Great Gimmick and know their tendencies far better than you clowns do. Cousins seeks to improve every year and is willing to face his flaws; the Great Gimmick never improved and never corrected one flaw he had (and they were numerous).

    I wish I could bet you jerks $1 billion – Cousins will make you all look like fools.

  6. To answer everyone’s thought…………or remark…….
    Time will tell! Win, lose or draw…..we have to see what the man does.

  7. Nevermind my previous thoughts, this Cousins fella is growing on me. Before long I may be yelling hail to the Redskins!

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