Kirk Cousins
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1 week ago

Cousins and the Redskins failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract prior to Monday's 4:00 PM EST deadline, meaning he'll play a second straight season under Washington's franchise tag, Stephen Czarda of Redskins.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins is scheduled to earn nearly $24 million in guaranteed money this season, which could end up being his last with the Redskins. The signal-caller will become a free agent after the upcoming campaign, and with 9,083 passing yards and 63 touchdowns (54 passing, nine rushing) the past two seasons, he's sure to draw heavy interest around the league. In its defense, Washington released a statement following their failure to secure Cousins to an extension, detailing the offer they made to the 28-year-old. To summarize, Cousins would've been guaranteed $53 million while becoming at least the NFL's second highest-paid player ever by average per year. With the leverage to command even more guaranteed money next offseason, though, Cousins opted to bet on himself once again, eschewing the Redskins' proposal. Although he's lost his top two receivers from last season, not to mention his offensive coordinator as well, Cousins' motivation ahead of a massive payday makes him an enticing commodity to monitor.

Kirk Cousins
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1 week ago5 Comments

Cousins is expected to play the upcoming season under the Redskins' franchise tag, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins has until 4:00 EST on Monday to ink a long-term contract with Washington, or else he'll play a second straight season under the team's franchise tag. Without a recent breakthrough in negotiations, the latter scenario is widely expected to unfold, which would see Cousins earn nearly $24 million in guaranteed money this term. Under that scenario, Cousins would then be able to re-evaluate his future with the Redskins after the season, all the while preserving the possibility to secure a long-term pact elsewhere ahead of the 2018 campaign.

Kirk Cousins
QB WAS (5)
2 weeks ago

Cousins remains a long shot to secure a new contract with the Redskins prior to next week's July 17 deadline, ESPN's John Keim reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins is currently scheduled to play a second straight year under Washington's franchise tag, which is slated to earn him $23.9 million in guaranteed money this season. Although his representatives and the Redskins have reportedly met at least twice since late March, the parties remain apart on how much guaranteed money Cousins' next contract should include. Without common ground on his annual salary either, there's little optimism Cousins' prolonged contract saga will suddenly be solved by next week. As a result, Cousins could be entering his final season with the Redskins, but the motivation of another big pay day looming should once again drive him to prove his worth. In two seasons as a starter, Cousins has totaled a whopping 9,083 passing yards to go with 63 touchdowns (54 passing, nine rushing) versus 23 interceptions.

Kirk Cousins
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1 month ago

Cousins and the Redskins remain apart on a long-term deal, but both sides have described the talks as positive, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

It appears as if the Redskins are making a push to get Cousins a long-term deal before the July 17th deadline, but the two sides are still a ways apart. The quarterback's team believes all offers thus far have been under market value, a benchmark that has been made much clearer after Derek Carr signed a $125 million extension last week. With Matthew Stafford also in talks for a new deal, it appears Cousins best option at the moment is to remain patient. Both sides have made public their confidence in a new deal being reached, but with only 20 days until the deadline there's a real chance Cousins will once again be stuck with the franchise tag.

Kirk Cousins
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3 months ago10 Comments

Cousins and the Redskins remain far apart on long-term contract negotiations, ESPN.com's John Keim reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins suggested he's fine with playing under his franchise-tag salary of $23.94 million if the alternative is accepting a contract that the Redskins can get out of after a couple seasons. The team did offer him a five-year deal worth approximately $20 million per year, but the offer was so far from what he's seeking that Cousins' side didn't even bother countering. Depending on how much of the deal is guaranteed and when those guarantees kick in, Cousins might be amenable to a contract with an average annual value that's only slightly above $20 million. The two sides have until July 15 to reach an agreement, but even if nothing gets worked out by that time, both Cousins and the Redskins have repeatedly stated he'll be with the team for at least one more season. The team probably won't even listen to a trade offer unless it includes multiple early-round picks.

Kirk Cousins
QB WAS (5)
4 months ago

Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team hasn't discussed trading Cousins, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."

EDGE Analysis

The Redskins used the franchise tag on Cousins for a second straight offseason, which led to rumors the team could trade him if negotiations on a long-term deal weren't going well. The two sides have until July 15 to reach an agreement, and even if nothing comes to pass, it seems the Redskins would rather risk losing Cousins without compensation next offseason than deal him now and essentially give up their chances of competing in 2017. Meanwhile, the team lost aging wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency, but then acted quickly to sign Terrelle Pryor to a one-year, $8 million deal. The team also added Brian Quick, who provides some insurance for 2016 first-round selection Josh Doctson. Washington's backfield looks to be the weak point of the offense, but the upcoming draft could take care of that, featuring a slew of running backs with early-round potential.

Kirk Cousins
QB WAS (5)
4 months ago

Cousins said he didn't ask for a trade, but rather asked Redskins owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen if they were thinking about trading him, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Some of last week's reports were apparently inaccurate, as Cousins said he hasn't asked for a trade and was told the team isn't trying to trade him. While a long-term contract still hasn't been worked out, Cousins did sign his franchise tender Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to resume negotiations. Even if no agreement is reached, it seems the Redskins are fine with keeping Cousins around for another season under the franchise tag. The 49ers were the team most often mentioned in trade rumors, but it seems the rumors were exactly that. Unless another team completely blows them away with an unexpected trade offer, the Redskins will keep Cousins under center in 2017.

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5 months ago3 Comments

Cousins signed his franchise tender Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins locked in his $24 million contract for the upcoming season and is now eligible to participate in team offseason programs. Washington reportedly has no interest in trading the quarterback, despite swirling rumors throughout the offseason. However, now that he is under contract, the team is able to review their options. Cousin ending last season with 4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions through 16 games.

Kirk Cousins
QB WAS (5)
5 months ago

Cousins is expected to sign the Redskins' franchise tag in the near future, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

There's nary a recipient of a franchise tag worthy of two first-round selections, and clearly Cousins falls within this arena in NFL circles. One potential landing spot was seemingly filled when the 49ers brought former college teammate Brian Hoyer into the fold this week. With no other interested party emerging, Cousins may see the writing on the wall and opt to stick with the only team he's known as a professional. If he indeed remains in Washington, the offense will boast different playmakers following the departure of wide receivers Pierre Garcon (to the 49ers) and DeSean Jackson (to the Bucs). However, Cousins will still have Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis at his disposal, as well as a pair of intriguing wideout prospects, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson (Achilles).

Kirk Cousins
QB WAS (5)
5 months ago

Cousins recently asked Redskins owner Dan Snyder for a trade, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Redskins remain hesitant to make a long-term commitment to Cousins, who understandably doesn't want to play under the franchise tag for a second straight season. He wants permission to discuss long-term contracts with other teams, who would then have to complete a trade with the Redskins after reaching terms with the 28-year-old quarterback. In addition to being frustrated with the team's stance in negotiations, Cousins probably doesn't like the idea of playing in a Washington offense that's expected to lose both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in the coming days. San Francisco is the most frequently mentioned landing spot, though the Niners have already reached an agreement with Brian Hoyer.