Andrew Luck’s deal means nothing for Kirk Cousins

In the wake of the new contract signed by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, plenty of questions have been asked about the ramifications for the team that picked a pair of quarterbacks the same year in which Luck landed in Indy.

With 2012 second overall pick Robert Griffin III long gone and 2012 fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins operating under the franchise tag for 2016, does Luck’s new six-year, $139.125 million deal have any relevance to Cousins? The short answer is no.

Here’s a longer answer, because otherwise this would be a pretty short blurb.

Under the franchise tag, Cousins already has $19.95 million for 2016 in the bank. If Washington tags him again in 2017, he’ll get a 20-percent raise. That pushes the tag to $23.94 million, for a total of $43.89 million over two years. If Washington tags Cousins a third time, his pay for 2018 would increase by 44 percent, to $34.47 million.

In all, that’s a three-year haul of $78.36 million over three years — which is more than the $75 million that Luck will make over the next three years.

Of course, whether Washington would tag Cousins again in 2017 and once again in 2018 remains to be seen; the decisions will be driven in large part by how Cousins performs this year and next year. But if Washington ever would choose not to tag Cousins, who completed 69.8 percent of his passes with 34 total touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2015, he’d hit the open market, and his value would be determined there.

That could result in a significant payday from a team desperate for a potential franchise quarterback, as evidenced by the money that was thrown around early in free agency four months ago for still-unproven players like Brock Osweiler, Olivier Vernon, and Janoris Jenkins.

So Cousins will get $78.36 million over the next three years under the tag or finagle the ultimate wild card of hitting the open market on the first day of free agency, unless Washington gives him a reason to trade in that either/or proposition. Whether Andrew Luck emerged with an average value of $23.18 million or $25 million or $30 million on his new deal, the only question relevant to Cousins is what he will take in exchange for three-years/$78.36 million or a shot at the open market — and what Washington will offer in order to get him to do it.

21 responses to “Andrew Luck’s deal means nothing for Kirk Cousins

  1. “In all, that’s a three-year haul of $78.36 million over three years — which is more than the $75 million that Luck will make over the next three years.”

    If we’re going to be precise on what Cousins gets each year, we need to use only apples, no oranges.

    According to Spotrac, Luck will make only $62.2 million over the next three years, not $75M.

  2. All hinges on if running game takes off. If not and cousins commands the field. Pay him. Rg3 couldnt swing it.

    Sorry logical. Rg3 is not a qb

  3. lol im a giants fan and i made comments on mfl saying cousins was better than rg some pro rg fan blasted me….cousins first stint 2 years ago this guy finds me on fb as if it was his life mission telling me how wrong i was….1 year 1 sal cap later guess who blocked me ahahahah

  4. How can you not like kirk cousins……

    Came from no where and now is making 16 million in 1 year.

    With the potential to make 78 million in 3 years…..

    Wow. Talking about making the best out of your opportunity.

  5. look at the Mike Conley deal at 5 years 153 MILLION fully guaranteed and say why would I want my son to play football? Nicholas Batum 120 million???????? I’m sorry but I feel for these NFL guys. They are getting killed for pennies.

  6. You keep mentioning a team tagging a player three times as if happens on a regular basis. Has it even happened once?
    The three year tag means nothing for any players deal.

  7. The Redskins have no problem paying players. Unless they were the team to draft them.
    Look for Cousins to go away via free agency while the Redskins sign an untested backup for Luck-like dollars.

  8. jimnaizeeum says:
    Jul 2, 2016 7:16 AM
    You keep mentioning a team tagging a player three times as if happens on a regular basis. Has it even happened once?
    The three year tag means nothing for any players deal.
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    Walter Jones. His three year game of tag massively impacted the current CBA, especially for compensation.

    So now the three year tag means everything for most players deal: if you are not a QB, that third year you will be paid the quarterback franchise tender. This is why we will likely never see a non-QB get tagged a third time.

  9. I like the direction the Redskins are going in. It was embarrassing for awhile that the team representing our great nation’s Capitol City and POTUS was struggling so much.

  10. In Scot (with one T) we trust. A lot of weapons on offense and the defense (and with better depth the special teams) will be better than 2015.

  11. The Redskins and Kirk will come to agreement by the deadline. Neither party wants this to be a distraction for the rest of the season and the Redskins know Kirk is only get better and Kirk know he owes it to the coaches for giving him the opportunity and believing in him.

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