Kirk Cousins Won’t Push For Trade

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will sign his franchise tag soon, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Cousins, he adds, will be a “good soldier” and understands that he’s unlikely to get dealt, despite his personal appeal to owner Dan Snyder for a trade.

Kirk Cousins

Once he signs, Cousins will be slated to play out the 2017 campaign while earning nearly $24MM. In theory, the two sides can work out an extension between now and July. Based on the way talks have gone between Cousins and the Redskins to date, that doesn’t seem likely. Then again, with GM Scot McCloughan on the way out and the entire franchise in general disarray, it’s anyone’s guess as to who his reps would be negotiating with or what that lead decision maker would be inclined to do.

If Cousins doesn’t ink a multiyear deal with the Redskins by midsummer or end up in another uniform via trade in the coming months, next season could go down as his last in Washington. Tagging an unsigned Cousins again next offseason would cost the Redskins upward of $34MM, an unpalatable total.

For the second straight year, then, Cousins is in line to play without any long-term security, though he’s also on track to rake in $43MM-plus between last season and 2017 on account of the tag. Cousins has made his case for a big-money deal since breaking out during the 2015 campaign, his first as the Redskins’ full-time starter. The 28-year-old started all of the Redskins’ games over the past two seasons and helped the team to a 17-14-1 record, including an NFC East title in 2015. Along the way, Cousins combined for over 9,000 yards and 54 touchdowns against 23 interceptions.

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13 comments on “Kirk Cousins Won’t Push For Trade

  1. cbf82

    Well that De-escalated quickly.

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  2. partyatnapolis

    i’d be a good soldier too if i got $24 mill

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    • Connorsoxfan

      Yeah I know right

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    • Connorsoxfan

      I’d be a good soldier for 500k…

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      • tylerall5

        Very true.

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    • sufferfortribe
      sufferfortribe

      Yeppers.

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  3. NinerDave

    F that I wouldn’t. He had a ton of leverage this is a mistake by cousins. Good for niners tho we just sign him for free next year. Redskins are a joke.

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    • gopackgo

      they got to trade him or sign him or lose him for nothing

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    • sanfranb27

      No. The fact that you are excited to sign an average QB when he is almost 30 next year to a 4-5 year deal for what my guess is $25-30 million a year with Kerly Garçon and whomever your TE is and only one decent OL (who is also old). That is the real joke.

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  4. 4stayXgold9

    Mind boggling the way Washington is handling the cousins situation. Hoyer will keep your seat warm in the bay Cousins. Big things in 18′.

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    • sanfranb27

      Not unless you upgrade your entire OL, WR core and have a defense that can keep other teams from scoring 30 points a game. Cousins is a game manager at best. 9,000 empty yards if you ask me. 50 TDs to @25 INTs. Wow 2 to 1 ratio. Almost as good as Hoyer. He is not a winner. If you look at Bree’s and Rodgers and any other QB throwing for @5,000 yards a season, I’m sure you will see more than an average of 27 TDs a years. Just saying. Be careful for what you wish for.

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  5. bowserhound

    Cash that check. The Redskins are losing the offense that got you to this position. 2017 is not your fault. Snyder can keep passing the blame all he wants but it’s all on him.

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  6. badco44

    I think the skins qualify for that term clusterf**k… thanks Dan Snyders bozo way of playing with his toy… growup man and have and give some damn respect to D.C.

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