In a perfect Kirk Cousins world, Washington would have offered him a lucrative long-term contract with boatloads of guaranteed money. Instead, the 29-year-old quarterback will play a second consecutive season under the franchise tag.
Cousins made just under $20 million in 2016 and will make just under $24 million in 2017. That’s not bad.
Whether Cousins remains in Washington beyond this season, however, remains to be seen. Is Washington at fault for not giving Cousins a long-term deal, or is Cousins at fault for not signing a team-friendly deal?
Answers: No and no.
“Neither (side) is wrong,” Redskins Hall of Fame defensive back Darrell Green said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “The only problem I have with it is (if) he balls out this year (and leaves because he’s mad).”
Cousins has accounted for 9,000+ yards and 63 touchdowns (54 passing, nine rushing) over the last two seasons. He’d like a long-term deal, sure, but he’s also making good money one year at a time.
“He shouldn’t be mad at $40+ million in two years,” Green said. “I just hope that at the end of the day he’s not so mad that he don’t appreciate the process that they have a fair right to operate in. They’re not wrong to operate to the full extent of the system, and he is on his side of the system that (pays him) $20 million, $22 million. Now yes, as a fan, ‘Let’s lock him down and do this.’ But (as a) business, ‘Hey, let’s look at it. Let’s see what we got. Let’s see what we have.’”
Washington, which went 9-7 in 2015 and 8-7-1 in 2016, opens the season at home against Philadelphia on Sept. 10. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.