There will be no deal by July 15 for Kirk Cousins

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As various franchise-tagged players prepare to hammer out long-term contracts with negotiations driven by the deadline of 4:00 p.m. ET on July 15, one franchise-tagged player won’t have to worry about playing beat the clock.

For Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, the deadline is irrelevant; an impasse exists that won’t be broken in the next eight days.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, nothing is happening by way of negotiations between Cousins and the team, and nothing will be happening. The two sides won’t be reaching a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

By rule, Washington and Cousins will not be able to sign a new contract until after the 2016 regular season ends.

The divide is driven by the realities of the franchise tag. By already committing $19.95 million to Cousins under the franchise tag for 2016, Washington will have to give him a 20-percent raise or let him hit the open market in March 2017. That’s $23.94 million for 2017.

So the starting point for negotiations on a long-term deal is clear: $19.95 million for 2016 plus $23.94 million for 2017, for a total of $43.89 million over two years.

By all indications, Washington wants to see Cousins repeat his performance of 2016 before breaking the bank beyond $19.95 million. However, a year from now the starting point becomes $23.94 million for 2017 plus a 44-percent raise for 2018, or $34.47 million. That’s $58.41 million for two years, if Cousins plays this year like he did last year.

Already, Cousins has beaten the odds, parlaying a $660,000 salary from 2015 into $19.95 million for 2016. To his credit, he’s using the system to his advantage and not accepting less than what the franchise tag formula would dictate.

Washington put this process in motion by using the tag. The team could have let the market determine Cousins’ value. In that circumstance, however, Cousins could have signed with another team. Washington chose not to do it, and now Cousins is choosing to exercise his right to go year-to-year until he gets the long-term offer he wants.

33 responses to “There will be no deal by July 15 for Kirk Cousins

  1. I admit, I’ve been hard on Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins, BUT, they have turned a corner with Scot making the personnel decisions. The Washington Redskins need to hope Kirk Cousins repeats his performance from last year where he was the best QB in the NFL in the second half of the season. I hate to say it, but…..Hail to the REDSKINS.

    Consider me a Redskin fan from here on out!

  2. As a Patriots and Panthers fan, I may add the Redskins to my list of NFC teams I pull for. And no, I’m not bandwagon, I’ve liked the Patriots since they got Tom Brady and Panthers since they got Cam Newton! I’m not like a Seahawks fan.

  3. they could have signed him to an extension last year for a lot less money, to give him time to prove himself and for the team to be comfortable with a big money contract.

    think long, think wrong …

    it will cost them to keep him …

    now thew can “suck for Luck” (DeShaun Watson) ….

  4. Kirk is betting on himself (with a pretty good offense). If he does anything similar to 2015, Redskins will gladly pay him $24m a year.

  5. Smart move by Cousins who has been advised well.

    Roll of the dice by Redskins who can certainly lose him after this season, NO chance they would tag him again next year.

  6. “However, a year from now the starting point becomes $23.94 million for 2017 plus a 44-percent raise for 2018, or $34.47 million. That’s $58.41 million for two years, if Cousins plays this year like he did last year.”

    I think the wait-and-see approach with Kirk Cousins is probably the most prudent move for the REDSKINS. To say those numbers are the “starting point” is ridiculous, because no one would ever pay Cousin $34M for a season.

  7. Where does it all end? At some point us ham & eggers who support these guys by buying tickets, swag, and sponsors’ beer & pickem-up trucks won’t be able to pay any more. The rate of NFL salary inflation is outpacing “normal” inflation at some crazy impossible-to-sustain ratio. At some point it’s gonna hit a wall. I can’t wait to see what it costs to attend a game in LA once Silent Stan’s $2b palace in Inglewood opens up in a few years.

  8. thegreatestofalltimes says:
    Jul 8, 2016 2:00 AM
    That’s a lot of cash for a guy who is 1-8 against teams .500 or better. I suppose there aren’t many other options out there.

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    Not too bad for the quarterback who outplayed everyone in the second half of the season, if they get that guy next season. He also played well last season again some good teams (watch the Patriots and Green Bay games) and the Eagles and Bills would have been over .500 if the Redskins win those 3 games. Don’t let the facts get in the way of your narrative, though.

  9. No point in franchising him – because QB salaries are getting crazy. And by tagging him you’re paying him at least an average of the top 5 – or in other words, you’re saying Cousins is worth a salary of somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd best paid QB in the league. The only other reason is to stop him going elsewhere (not that anyone else would give him a top-2 or better salary), but do you really want to pay $20M to a resentful guy who doesn’t really want to lead your team onto the field?

  10. najacoo22 says:
    Jul 8, 2016 9:28 AM
    Not too bad for the quarterback who outplayed everyone in the second half of the season, if they get that guy next season. He also played well last season again some good teams (watch the Patriots and Green Bay games) and the Eagles and Bills would have been over .500 if the Redskins win those 3 games. Don’t let the facts get in the way of your narrative, though.
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    IF this and IF that you say. Didn’t the Pats win with 40 something points? Cousins finally scored some points in garbage time. Dont let those IF’S cloud the reality

  11. With everything going on today more important than football who really cares? He’s a millionaire and set for life (franchise tag 1 year deal)because of one good season.

  12. I like Kirk and hope he becomes a franchise QB for my Redskins, but he should beware trying to take all the available money the team has and then leave them with nothing to sign any other good players. I’m not saying sign on the cheap, but don’t get too greedy. You are not a Tom Brady caliber QB… yet.

  13. The scenario as it exists now makes sense from both sides. Cousins bet on himself last year and appears comfortable doing it again. The Redskins want to be a little more sure of what they are committing to, which is a refreshingly prudent move considering Snyder’s past proclivities. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Cousins seems like the kind of guy you want to see succeed, just not too much since the team I root for is in the same division, lol.

  14. 20m for a bust QB….let’s face it…there has been no success in this town for 30 years and they will be back to drafting a QB in the 2017 draft as there is tape on this guy now and we all know defenses will adjust. he is an average QB at best and they will go back to the cellar for the next couple of years why my Cowboys win 2 more SB’s.

  15. It is sadly hilarious to listen to Washington sports media and talk show callers anoint Cousins as the next elite QB based on his body of work, then complain that the FO is penny pinching in their contract approach. It would be only fitting, and truly Snyder-esque, to see the FO give out a huge contract, then watch Cousins revert to the mean of his past performances, especially when they play a slightly tougher schedule this year. People forget how fortunate he was in some of the Ws last year.

    Now, maybe he will progress. But that’s making a big assumption.

  16. “why my Cowboys win 2 more SB’s.”
    Riiiight, cause they’ve won so many in the last 20 years… Oops, only 3 whole playoff wins in that time! Now you expect 2 SBs from an aging, injury prone QB and a defense with multiple starters lost to suspension? A team put together by that owner/GM of the last 20 years who just wasted a 2nd round pick on a guy who won’t play next season and is in danger of never playing period (see Marcus Lattimore)? Jerrah loves blue Kool Aid drinkers like you who fill up his Taj Mahal and refuse to hold him accountable for the poor results since his ego made him let go of Jimmy. Sad. But if you’re a fan of another NFC east team, you hope for more of the same! May Jerrah live forever!

  17. Perfect deal for both sides. Even if Kirk plays with pedestrian numbers like Osweiler, he will still get a nice contract with some other team this year.

    The Redskins don’t want to give him a long contract until they find out if he can do it year after year.

    I’ve been hoping all offseason there would be no big deal.

  18. Perfect deal for both sides. Even if Kirk plays with pedestrian numbers like Osweiler, he will still get a nice contract with some other team this year.

    The Redskins don’t want to give him a long contract until they find out if he can do it year after year.

    I’ve been hoping all offseason there would be no big deal.

  19. Oh come on – how many times have we read about an insurmountable impasse that is magically broken at the last minute? ALL THE TIME. This is a lazy reporting writing about something that an agent or somebody with the team put out there for effect.

    Means absolutely nothing.

  20. The guy took over QB for a team that won 4 games the previous season and 3 the year before that. Last season they had the 28th ranked rushing offense if you go by yards per carry, and 28th ranked total defense. Yet haters want to blame him alone for the struggles against better teams. Sure that makes sense. Fact is the guy took over a bad team and got them to the playoffs. Sure they beat only teams below .500 last season. But in case you haven’t been paying attention for the last 20+yrs, the Redskins have had trouble doing that until last season.

  21. najacoo22 says:
    Jul 8, 2016 9:28 AM
    Not too bad for the quarterback who outplayed everyone in the second half of the season, if they get that guy next season. He also played well last season again some good teams (watch the Patriots and Green Bay games) and the Eagles and Bills would have been over .500 if the Redskins win those 3 games. Don’t let the facts get in the way of your narrative, though.
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    key2heat says:
    Jul 8, 2016 9:40 AM

    IF this and IF that you say. Didn’t the Pats win with 40 something points? Cousins finally scored some points in garbage time. Dont let those IF’S cloud the reality

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    Well, the “IF’S” are why they should franchise him instead of a long term deal. And the Patriots won by 17. Cousins played well throughout the Patriots game. His only “bad” games were the first half of the season, and it was also a mixed bag, not all terrible play. He was named the starter in the preseason, so it’s not surprising he had a slow start.

    The Redskins actually only played 4 teams that finished over .500 last season; the Jets, Patriots, Panthers, and Green Bay. He played well again the Patriots and Green Bay (defense and other players failed them), poorly against the Jets, and middle of the road against the Panthers, when Cam Newton threw for 5 TDs. It’s just stupid to spew the blanket statement “HE CAN’T BEAT A .500 TEAM!” Look at the performance of the individual player and judge that.

  22. I’d like to see Cousins have a better year this year than last. It’s great to see someone succeed, and I hope he gets tagged again next year.

    Here everyone thought that Andrew Luck might be the “chosen one” to make a team franchise him every year and force either a mega-deal or a fully guaranteed “game changing” contract. Be pretty sweet to happen to a guy like Cousins who was a mid-round pick.

    (And I’m not a Washington fan either).

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