Kirk Cousins will enter the 2017 season as the first NFL quarterback to ever play back-to-back seasons on a franchise tag. The Redskins’ signal-caller will do so after the team and he were unable to reach a long-term deal for the second consecutive season. While he holds the best two passing seasons in franchise history, there is still some reluctance on both sides to commit to each other.
For the Redskins, they do not want to go over a certain price point to retain Cousins, especially when having to fill a 53-man roster. Meanwhile, Cousins does not want to shortchange himself and the growing market set by NFL quarterbacks. According to a statement released by the team, the Redskins offered Cousins a deal early in the negotiations that would have included $53 million fully guaranteed and $72 million in case of injury.
Cousins had to have had a lot a self-confidence to turn down that much money or maybe a divine sign. Yes, Cousins a devote Christian said that faith told him turn down the offer and play on the franchise tender.
TMZ shared video of Cousins speaking at the Liberty University Convocation, where he addressed the reason for not accepting Washington’s offer.