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Redskins reportedly rejected Cousins’ offer of $19 million per year in 2016


The Redskins and Kirk Cousins have yet to reach a long-term deal. The team reportedly offered a five-year deal worth $100 million, which comes out at $20 million per year on average. However, the guarantees were said to be “low.”

Cousins appears to be wanting a deal worth around $24 million per year, given the $24 million franchise tag the team placed on him for the upcoming season. Before fans jump out to conclusions that Cousins is money hungry, you may want to consider a report by 106.7 the Fan’s Grant Paulsen.

Paulsen reports that last offseason when the team placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins worth $19.95 million, Cousins’ representatives offered a three-year contract to the Redskins that would have paid the quarterback $19 million per year on average. However, the team balked on the offer in part due to the “significant” guarantees included in the deal.

Cousins played on the franchise tag and threw for 4,917 yards, breaking his own franchise record for passing yards in a single season. Now with leverage all with Cousins, his agent Mike McCartney, balked at their $20 million per year offer last week at the NFL Combine. Cousins gave Washington a chance to lock him at on a team-friendly contract and the Skins hesitated because they were not completely sold on him being able to follow up his strong 2015 season.

However, he did, and now their hesitation comes with a price. Not all the Redskins front office can be blamed. According to a Washington Post report, general manager Scot McCloughan wanted to sign Cousins to a long-term deal last offseason to avoid the whopping amount of money the team ultimately has to dish out collectively over the two consecutive franchise tags. One can assume those large guarantees that Cousins asked for in 2016 was close if not equaled to the $44 million the team will pay him on franchise tags, anyway.

Furthermore, being committed to Cousins three years because of the high amount of guarantees would have forced the team to be committed to him through the 2018 season. Ironically, another strong year by Cousins in 2017 could see the Redskins place a third franchise tag on him for 2018 worth up to $34 million guaranteed. That would be around $78 million guaranteed over three seasons. Far more than the $57 million in total money, Cousins’ camp reportedly requested in their three-year offer.



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