Does Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins resent his one-year franchise tender deal? That’s not the case, says Mike Jones of the Washington Post, since Cousins’ camp knew where the team stood heading into the offseason. Cousins and his agent have a lot of respect for GM Scot McCloughan and coach Jay Gruden, Jones writes, and nothing changed throughout the negotiation process. Ultimately, Cousins is embracing the challenge of proving himself again and is confident that he will cash in after a strong 2016.
Here’s more from the NFC East:
- Cousins seems poised to cash in if the Redskins allow him to hit the open market, but it seems like some league officials do not hold Cousins in high esteem. ESPN.com’s Mike Sando (Insider sub. req’d) spoke to “ten GMs, five head coaches, seven offensive coordinators, five defensive coordinators, eight personnel evaluators, and seven other position coaches/execs” to get their ranking of the league’s quarterbacks. Cousins was rated 20th in the NFL, which puts him in the third tier at this position. Of course, those same officials will surely bump Cousins up the board if he is able to reprise his 2015 performance. It’s also worth considering that established quarterbacks rarely hit free agency and, when they do, their market is exceptionally strong. Case in point: Brock Osweiler is now the 16th highest-paid QB in the NFL on a per-year basis and most football people would not consider him to be in the top half of starting signal callers. All in all, the survey’s view of Cousins is surprising, but it may not mean much for his potential free agent value.
- Tight end Matt LaCosse is among the under-the-radar players who could make the Giants‘ roster, ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan writes. “He brings a knowledge of the position, number one, and he’s a big target,” tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride said. “I would say overall, as far as him going into his second season, he does everything pretty well. So when we talk about getting those tight ends, to get them in the position that we want them in, to execute their jobs, he can execute all of the jobs. But with that being said, there might be someone who’s a better run-blocker, a better threat down the field, but Matt executes everything well.” Raanan also highlights linebacker Brad Bars, wide receiver Tavarres King, cornerback Donte Deayon, and offensive lineman Adam Gettis as other dark horse candidates.
- On Tuesday morning, scouting guru Dave-Te Thomas ran down the Giants‘ rookie class and highlighted their impact first-year players.
- Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson could be facing a ten-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.