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
* 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
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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 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
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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