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Not Special? Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan Doesn’t Think Much of QB Kirk Cousins

Despite using the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins for two consecutive seasons, former Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan believes the team should remain cautious in making a long-term commitment to the quarterback according to Jeremy Bergman of

“He’s a good player,” McCloughan told 104.3 The Fan. “Is he special? I don’t see special.” McCloughan added that when he first tagged Cousins in 2016, Washington was “building a roster around him to make him special.” While Cousins is “talented” and he “works his tail off”, McCloughan warned that for Cousins to succeed, a team needs more than just the signal-caller. “You just need to have some talent around him,” McCloughan warned, “because you don’t want him to be throwing the ball 35 to 40 times to win the game.”

The Redskins have already paid Cousins almost $44 million over the past two seasons and tagging him a third time would cost close to $35 million for the 2018 season. That is a major investment that could preclude the team providing the needed talent to build a perennial winner. McCloughan didn’t outright say what he thought the organization should do about Cousins but does believe Cousins will be completely prepared either way. “I can promise you this. [Cousins] has done his homework, probably too much, about each roster, who his receivers are, who his backs are, who his O-linemen are, who the coach is. Not just the head coach, but the coordinator, position coach, the system they run,” McCloughan said. “I promise you he has notebook after notebook for each team. He is very, very intellectual about knowing what’s best for him. He understands he’s getting older, he’s been in the league a little bit. He wants to win. I know that. Personally, knowing him, it’s not about the money. It’s about the right fit, where he knows he has stability, he has good coaches, he has good players and he has a chance to be successful. I don’t blame him. He’s put himself in that situation with what he’s done the last three years.”

Whether Cousins is “special or not, there is no doubt he would command huge interest in the league of the Redskins do not re-sign him. Since assuming the starting role in Washington in 2015, Cousins is fourth in the NFL in passing yards (13,176) and third in completion percentage (67.0) among qualified passers. Every QB-needy team in the league would have to take a serious look including the Denver Broncos, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Arizona Cardinals, the Cleveland Browns, and the New York Jets.

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