Have Washington Redskins Already Lost Kirk Cousins For Foreseeable Future?

 

(Nick Wass / Associated Press)

Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins starting quarterback, is not staying in DC for very much longer.  For the Skins fans clamoring for the front office brass <ahem, Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, and Doug Williams> to sign Kirk to a long-term deal, it seems their efforts are once again falling on deaf ears.  Sure, Kirk has shown a few weaknesses over his tenure in DC, but his upside with the young wide receiving talent surrounding him this year will likely lead to another record-breaking campaign.

So where did this contract situation lose traction and focus?  Look no further than the Washington Redskins’ front office version of “Dumb and Dumber” in Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder.  For years, they have haunted the Skins faithful with poor roster decisions, failed free agent signings, and a quarterback carousel almost as dire as the Cleveland Browns.

A quick look at Kirk’s stats from the past two years do not show someone who is a “flash in the pan” or even a “regressing” franchise-caliber quarterback.  Instead, we are looking at a young quarterback, about to hit an open free agency market in 2018, where Cousins will have many available suitors at his disposal.  The only caveat to this is whether the Redskins will be willing to franchise tag Cousins for a record third time.

Year

Team

CMP%

YDS

TD

INT

Rating

2016

Redskins

67.0

4,917

25

12

97.2

2015

Redskins

69.8

4,166

29

11

101.6

The financial consequences of tagging Cousins a third time would be severe, even when the Redskins have some cap room to work with.  A franchise tag for a third consecutive year would cost the team approximately $35 million for the 2018 season. The other alternative is the cheaper transition tag which would allow other teams to negotiate with Cousins, and giving the Redskins the opportunity to match any offer that comes their quarterback’s way.

However, everyone knows how this situation will play out at this point.  Cousins will have a comparable, if not better campaign that the 2016 season, and the Redskins front office staff will be panicking knowing that they let a franchise-level quarterback walk right out their door, after so many years of terrible quarterback play on their field.  At the end of the season, Cousins will be courted by all quarterback-needy teams, and the Redskins surely will not “like that.”

Thanks for the memories, Kirk.  Please don’t forget about the DC fanbase that wished for your success here, only to be stunted by the clueless front office undermining your true value to the franchise.

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