Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said he met Kirk Cousins‘ agent at the scouting combine as well as with the free agent quarterback last week, reiterating a desire to reach a long-term deal, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Earlier Wednesday, coach Jay Gruden said he feels “pretty good” that the team will agree to a deal with Cousins after the way the quarterback turned the page on the Robert Griffin III era last season.
McCloughan said it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that they would have to apply the franchise tag on Cousins by the March 1 deadline. McCloughan said the preference is completing a long-term deal to provide flexibility and more money for other contracts.
“It’s an option we have, but I’d rather get a long-term deal done and not have to worry about the tag,” McCloughan said. “I had a good conversation with [Cousins] last week in my office. He’s a quality guy. He wants to be a Redskin and knows the players, he knows he’s respected. The coaching staff respects him and he respects them. That’s very important in this business.”
McCloughan has a long-time relationship with Cousins’ agent, Mike McCartney. McCloughan said they have continued to talk, though the sides had reached an impasse.
“There are conversations going on every day,” McCloughan said. “I know [Cousins] respects the Redskins quite a bit and I know he wants to be here. … I’ve been through this many times and it takes a little time. It’s not something you do overnight.”