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Redskins Playbook: Consensus builds around Kirk Cousins contract, and it isn't good

Redskins Playbook: Consensus builds around Kirk Cousins contract, and it isn't good

If you've read this website, or this column, you know the likelihood of the Redskins reaching a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins before July 17th seems like a long shot. Still, some optimism exists that Washington will pony up the mega-cash required to keep Cousins.

Evidence to the contrary continues to mount. Last week former Redskins GM Charley Casserly explained the numbers required for Cousins' representatives to truly consider signing would be so staggering that he doesn't "see any way a deal gets done." (See full video above).

Well, here are a few more voices echoing Casserly's position.

  • Albert Breer, MMQB: "If Kirk Cousins does a deal now? He’d be walking away from one of three scenarios. The first would be playing on the tag this year and the transition tag next, which would set his earning floor at about $52 million over the next two years, with a chance to test his market value next March. The second would have him franchised twice, setting the floor at $58 million over the next two years, with a chance to be a free agent in 2019 at age 30. The third is $24 million and unfettered free agency next year."
  • Joel Corry, CBS Sports: "Cousins is in an enviable position. It's conceivable that he could do significantly better than this if he hit the open market in 2018, because there are more NFL teams than good quarterbacks."
  • Steve Czaban, ESPN980: "I don’t think the David Carr signing does anything really to help or hurt the chances Kirk signs a new long term deal by July 17. I thought those chances were only about 5 percent before this new QB salary 'data point' and it was a 'courtesy' 5 percent anyway, filed under: 'Well… you never know.'"

There's more of this out there, just look for it. And more of this will pile up over the next few weeks, right up until the point where Cousins does not agree to a new deal with the Redskins and enters 2017 on yet another one-year contract.

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The hard truth remains that from a purely financial standpoint it makes very little sense for Cousins to sign a multi-year deal unless it is simply overwhelming with guaranteed cash. The Redskins would almost need to go with a full Vito Corleone "offer you can't refuse" to sign Cousins. 

It's also possible Cousins will realize the money is already staggering and that the situation in Washington is strong. The franchise appears to already be headed in this direction. Doug Williams talked on NFL Network about the need to "look at the big picture." In Jay Gruden's offense, Cousins has excelled, and the team has a strong offensive line with solid skill position weapons. 

Breer also touched on that theory, explaining that maybe the Redskins situation isn't that rosy: "And if you’re Cousins, and you know Kyle Shanahan and the Niners would be out there for you, and you’ve got a new offensive coordinator, and you lost your two starting receivers, and your organization just flipped things around in its front office, the idea of waiting would have benefits beyond just the economics, too."

The evidence slants hard one direction when considering if Cousins will agree to a long-term deal with the Redskins. It doesn't look good. 

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Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

After NFL minicamps end in mid-June, and before the grind of training camps start in late July, players are free to have a little bit of fun and try to relax. For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that evidently means a game of Jenga.

Fun at Kirk's 10 year high school reunion!!!

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The video comes from Cousins' wife Julie, and the caption explains that the couple were attending the quarterback's 10-year high school reunion. Looks like a fun scene, and the Michigan waterfront looks even better.

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For anybody that has watched Cousins on the practice field or listened to him mic'd up during a Redskins game, the competitive outburst is no surprise. Cousins likes to win, period. Even at life-size Jenga during his 10-year high school reunion. 

Obviously, contract talks between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins continue, and likely will until the July 17th franchise tag deadline. Last season, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs and 12 INTs. He's allowed to have a little fun here and there.

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Former NFL GM thinks Derek Carr's deal ruins Redskins chances at contract with Cousins

Former NFL GM thinks Derek Carr's deal ruins Redskins chances at contract with Cousins

On Thursday, quarterback Derek Carr signed a five-year extension with the Oakland Raiders worth $125 million.

Carr's long-term deal has brought up the question of whether or not the same type of deal can get done between the Redskins and their quarterback Kirk Cousins.

To give some answers to what's been a looming question for the Redskins since the start of the offseason is former Redskins GM Charley Casserly, a man whose made a living off of making deals. 

Friday on the Sports Junkies, Casserly broke down what the Redskins would have to offer Cousins based off of what other QB's have been offered.

Spoiler alert, it doesn't look good.

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"I don't see any way this thing ever gets done," Casserly told the Junkies. 

Casserly feels that Cousins may not even want to work on a long-term deal until 2018 when he can test the open market. With that being said, Cousins already has $24 million in the bank, so if the Redskins want him to stay off the market they need to show him the money.

"Put the numbers on paper, and show the deal that you think Cousins is gonna accept, and that's what I did," Casserly said. "I don't know Cousins will accept it, but I know how that side would think it this situation."

Forgetting what Cousins is getting paid in 2017, Casserly sees Cousins wanting $23 million over four years with a minimum of three years guaranteed, equaling $69 million. This staggering number is just to keep Cousins a Redskin for a few more years. 

Then, when you add the $24 million he is making in 2017 to the $69 million he may ask for to keep him out of free agency in 2018, the grand total is $93 million over five years. 

Upon coming up with that number, Casserly said what we all were thinking.

"That number just blows people away. Nobody's gonna do that."