Redskins Considered Letting Kirk Cousins Test Free Agency

Earlier this offseason, the Redskins were “of a mind” to let quarterback Kirk Cousins hit free agency in order to let the open market determine his financial value, according to Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com. Washington’s view on Cousins has seemingly changed now that Cousins backers Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay are now in head coaching positions and could theoretically take a run at the Redskins quarterback, per Breer.Kirk Cousins (Vertical)

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Progress between Washington and Cousins has been slow in recent weeks, and within the Redskins’ front office there is some “internal resistance” to the concept of using the franchise tag on Cousins for the second consecutive season. Per Breer, some Washington executives believe that giving Cousins nearly $24MM for the 2017 campaign would hinder negotiations with the sixth-year pro, as Cousins would be unlikely to accept a lower annual salary after setting $24MM as a baseline.

In sum, the Redskins seem incredibly unlikely to allow Cousins to reach free agency, and will probably use the franchise tender if now long-term deal is reached. Washington’s concern over San Francisco poaching Cousins if he heads to the market unfettered aren’t unfounded, as Cousins is reportedly Plan A for the 49ers at quarterback. A Los Angeles pursuit makes less sense, as the Rams just drafted Jared Goff first overall in last year’s draft.

In his two years as a starter, Cousins has helped the Redskins to plus-.500 seasons – including a 9-7, NFC East-winning showing in 2015 – while flourishing statistically. Cousins is coming off a year in which he completed 67 percent of passes, nearly reached the 5,000-yard mark (4,917), and tossed 25 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.

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  1. Thronson5

    I feel that this story will not go away but he will not go anywhere.

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    • josc2

      100% agreed

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  2. John

    There have been more versions of the KC story than the versions of the Britannia Encyclopedias. The I remembered most young people would not know what I am taking about.

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  3. baseballjunkie68

    I feel like that won’t let him test free agency but if he does he’s gone

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  4. Dianxue

    When you’ve been eating rotten fish for 4+ years suddenly fresh garbage doesn’t taste so bad

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  5. Phil

    I think redskins should trade him for 2 1st round draft picks. KC thinks he is a tom brady. 1st off KC has won 0 playoff games and chokes in key games. All of his yards came from playing from behind and abandoning the run game. Junior galette is more for the redskins than KC and he hasnt even played 1 snap. Get a Qb that actually wants to be here.

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