As Monday’s deadline is vastly approaching on the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins to reach an agreement for a long-term deal, the two sides appear destined for a standstill. With Cousins looking to be fully compensated for his value, the Redskins brass appears split on what that value is.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, there is “internal disagreement” within the organization on pleasing Cousins and locking into him on his preferred compensation.
The Redskins organization has been at a disagreement about Cousins going as far back as 2015, when Cousins took over the starting quarterback position from Robert Griffin III. They have proven that throughout the years following, even after Cousins firmed the role of the quarterback of the foreseeable future.
Former Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan advocated to sign Cousins to a long-term deal prior to the 2015 season. However, some within the front office was not ready to concede Cousins was the better long-term option over Griffin. Cousins then set the franchise record with 4,166 passing yards, leading the Redskins to the NFC East division title. The team let Griffin walk the following offseason, yet did not lock in Cousins.
Washington balked at a three-year deal worth about $57 million two offseasons ago from Cousins’ camp. Instead they placed the franchise tag on him that paid him $19.95 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Cousins broke his own franchise record with 4,917 yards. However, that has seemingly not been enough to sell the Redskins unanimously. They have placed a second tag on him, paying him $23.94 million this upcoming season. And here we are, both sides not budging on a deal.
Washington has the option to place a third and final tag on Cousins next offseason. However, that will come at a hefty price of $28.7 million via the transition tag or $34.7 million under the franchise tag.
The Redskins have already committed roughly $44 million to Cousins. Remember the $57 million they balked at in 2016? Or McCloughan’s notion of locking him before any of this madness started?
Another tag would balloon the commitment to either $72 or $79 million over three years. The internal disagreement has come at a crippling cost for the Redskins, and could lead to a franchise-caliber quarterback walking out the door when it’s all said and done.