LBS- The Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins remain unable to come to an agreement on a long-term contract extension, and it is starting to sound like it may stay that way through the 2017 season.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, the Redskins are “likely” to franchise tag Cousins again this upcoming offseason. The number for franchise tagging a quarterback is expected to be around $25 million for 2017, so Cousins will be one of the top-paid players at his position. However, he would obviously prefer more guaranteed money and long-term security.
As Cole notes, Derek Carr and Matthew Stafford are entering the final years of their contracts with the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions, respectively. Cousins may be hesitant to agree to a deal with Washington before he sees what Carr and Stafford are going to be paid, and there have been rumblings that Stafford is asking for a lot.
Answer (apparently): "Just enough to keep you around for a wee bit longer to see if you can keep up your stellar play so we don't fuck ourselves financially for the next 5 years."
So showing up the person who orchestrates the signing of your checks doesn't make that person want to commit to orchestrating the signing those checks for a longer period of time? Huh, who knew!? I would have thought muffling his own General Manager's hair in front of a camera would all but guaranteed Kirk Cousins a long term deal. I'm surprised Scot McCloughan didn't go to bat to get him an ownership stake in the franchise before he even busted out his comb and fixed his appearance that was rustled by a player who was clearly trying to assert dominance over a person in a position of power. Really can't believe that the Redskins are still going to bide their time and use the tools at their disposal to avoid making a monster monetary commitment to a position that is currently crippling more than a handful of NFL rosters. Especially after the person whose financial stability is in a continuous state of (relative) flux has shown he has no problem publicly calling attention to it.