Kirk Cousins Contract: Latest News, Rumors on QB's Negotiations with Redskins

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Kirk Cousins will be the Washington Redskins quarterback in 2016 by virtue of the franchise tag, but the team isn't done trying to work out a long-term deal.

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Redskins, Cousins to Resume Contract Talks Soon

Friday, March 11

According to Tarik El-Bashir of, team president Bruce Allen said Friday the organization intends to resume extension talks with Cousins in the near future.

Per El-Bashir, Allen explained the reasoning behind tagging Cousins and revealed when he believes negotiations will continue: "We thought the best thing to do was the franchise tag. It made it clear where we stood with him. We had told his agent that's what we were going to do. ... As soon as free agency dies down a little bit, I'm sure his agent will engage us again in talks."

Quarterbacks have received huge money in free agency thus far with Brock Osweiler serving as the prime example.

Osweiler spurned the Denver Broncos in favor of the Houston Texans, reportedly signing a four-year deal worth $72 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

That bodes well for Cousins when it comes time for him to sign a long-term contract, and he didn't hide his excitement on Twitter:

The 27-year-old signal-caller enjoyed an excellent season for the Redskins in 2015, as he threw for 4,166 yards, 29 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions en route to leading Washington to a surprising NFC East title.

Cousins is already more accomplished than Osweiler, and with the former fourth-round pick out of Michigan State now firmly in his prime, he stands to cash in with a mega contract, whether it's with Washington or another team.

While Cousins needs to perform at a high level for more than one season in order to prove he is a high-quality NFL quarterback, teams cannot afford to let a good passer go once they get one.

The Redskins seem to realize that, and while they have been unable to secure Cousins over the long haul to this point, the franchise tag gives them plenty of time to get a deal done.


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