With Alex Smith heading to Washington, Kirk Cousins is on his way out.
The Redskins have signed Smith to a four-year deal that includes $71 million in guarantees – meaning that Cousins, who has spent his entire six-year career in Washington – will play elsewhere in 2018. Whether Cousins gets the money he wants, though, remains to be seen, but the question is worth asking: Is he worth it?
Well, that depends on who you ask.
“I don’t love or hate Kirk Cousins,” Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin said on Tiki and Tierney. “The results are what they are: Kirk Cousins has never had a 10-win season, and he’s asking for top dollar at the quarterback position.”
But that’s the market for quarterbacks, regardless of track record.
“I understand that,” Irvin said, “but what are you going to put around him if you don’t have any money? What are you going to put around Kirk? That’s the market. They have blown this market out of proportion for quarterbacks. It’s not even about how well they play. They just get all the money anyway. It’s crazy. It’s crazy. But this is the monster that it has caused.”
Cousins made $43.9 million over the last two seasons while playing under the franchise tag. He would have made $34.5 million had he been franchise-tagged again.
That wasn’t happening.
But is he worth $25-, $26-, $27 million a year? Irvin isn’t so sure.
“If I hadn’t gotten 10 wins from him and you want to be the highest-paid (quarterback),” Irvin said, trailing off. “Dude, that’s a tough sell.”