Redskins President Bruce Allen addressed the status of pending free agents Kirk Cousins and Alfred Morris during an interview with ESPN 980’s Chris Cooley on Wednesday.
And here was the gist of it: the team is working hard to re-sign Cousins and isn’t actively seeking to extend Morris.
“We’ve had discussions with his representative,” Allen said, referring to Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney. “[Redskins Vice President of Football Administration] Eric Schaffer leads those efforts for us.”
After enjoying a breakout season in 2015, Cousins is set to become one of the game’s highest paid quarterbacks—and Allen indicated that he’s confident that a long-term deal will get worked out.
“We feel good,” Allen said. “Kirk wants to be a Washington Redskin, and we want Kirk to be a Washington Redskin. It will work itself out.”
Asked if Cousins exceeded expectations, Allen said, in part: “Did we believe in Kirk Cousins? Absolutely. Wouldn’t have been on the team. A year ago, or two years ago, [we] would have flirted with trying to trade him. But we didn’t trade him; we saw a talent in Kirk.”
As for Morris, his future in Washington seems to be much more uncertain after a third straight year of declining production. Allen, however, did not completely close the door on the running back.
“He’s been incredibly productive for us,” Allen said. “Free agency is going to be a great test for him. If he gets a great contract [elsewhere], we’re going to applaud him. If not, we’re going to see what happens with us.”