The Monday deadline passed and Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins did not find himself with a new contract extension.
Cousins will make $24 million guaranteed in 2017 and will face the prospect of free agency, another franchise tag or a new contract with the Redskins once the upcoming season ends.
Following the Monday deadline, Redskins team president Bruce Allen released a statement that detailed the organization's efforts to re-sign the the starting quarterback.
"Our goal was to sign Kirk to a long-term contract with the final objective of having him finish his career with the Redskins," the statement read.
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"On May 2, right after the draft, we made Kirk an offer that included the highest fully guaranteed amount upon signing for a quarterback in NFL history ($53 million) and guaranteed a total of $72 million for injury. The deal would have made him at least the second highest-paid player by average per year in NFL History."
Allen made it clear that he met with Cousins face-to-face hoping to get a deal finalized before the deadline.
"But despite our repeated attempts, we have not received any offer from Kirk's agent this year."
"Kirk has made it clear that he prefers to play on a year-to-year basis. While we would have liked to work out a long-term contract before this season, we accept his decision."
The organization remains hopeful that a long-term contract can get done in the future, but they will have to wait until the end of the 2017 season.
The Redskins begin training camp in Richmond, Va. on Thursday, July 27.
With DeSean Jackson no longer in the Burgundy and Gold, one would think that Kirk Cousins doesn't have any more targets that he'd have to worry about underthrowing because of their speed.
But on Tuesday, Cousins tweeted something that indicated otherwise.
The message came in response to a video Terrelle Pryor posted of himself working out (by the way: at this point, if Pryor's number of catches matches the number of workout videos he's shared this offseason, Washington will have an enormous bargain on their hands).
Here's that video:
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And here's what the quarterback had to say:
The new Redskins receiver was quick to answer back, and while he didn't promise to slow down any part of his game like Cousins asked, he did vow that the two would still get along just fine:
If Pryor's own QB is worried about how fast he's looked thus far, how do you think opposing defensive backs will feel once the games get underway?
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Kirk Cousins, while awaiting a contract of his own, tweeted this Saturday afternoon:
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Cousins is referring to former Met Bobby Bonilla, who negotiated arguably the best deal in sports when he was released from the Mets before the start of the 2000 season. The Mets owed him $5.9 million for the season, but he deferred payment for 10 years. Starting in 2011 until 2035, Bonilla will receive $1,193,248 from the Mets, effectively turning $5.9 million into $29.8 million. The payment takes place every year on July 1, now known as Bobby Bonilla Day.
Anyone would like to get paid five times what they were owed for a job they didn’t actually do, but I doubt this is the type of long-term contract Kirk Cousins is looking for. With the July 15 deadline now only two weeks away there should be answers soon about what kind of deal Cousins will be getting and with who.
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