Redskins QB Kirk Cousins Knows His Career in Washington is Over

Kirk Cousins can confirm that he expects to be a free agent come March 14, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports..

The veteran Redskins quarterback was a guest of SiriusXM NFL Radio here on Radio Row at the Super Bowl on Friday and admitted he was taken aback by the news of the Chiefs trading quarterback Alex Smith to Washington.

If fact, Cousins heard much the same way everyone else did.

“It was a surprise,” he said. “I was working out here in Minneapolis at my hotel and finished my workout, went over to my phone, had a lot of text messages and saw the news. Certainly hadn’t heard anything. But in this league and my story, I’ve learned that curveballs come all the time.

“I expect to be a free agent come March 14. We’ll see if that plays out, and if it does, it’s a unique opportunity I look forward to. Haven’t had a chance to pick where I’m going to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State. Looking forward to that opportunity.”

The trade and Smith’s four-year contract extension cannot be finalized until March 14, when the new league year begins. But the news sets up Cousins to land the most lucrative contract in NFL history, topping the five-year, $135 million contract awarded to Matthew Stafford last season.

This was always a possibility for Cousins, who had already played on two franchise tags with Washington and was on pace to either get a third, sign a long-term deal with the club or hit the open market.

“At the end of the day, I want to win,” Cousins said. “I was talking with Coach (Charlie) Weis earlier and he made it clear, ‘Hey, go where you can win.’ That’s exactly what the plan is.”

“Now … there are a ton of variables that decide, ‘Do we think we can win?’ But that will ultimately be what makes the decision.”

Redskins Wheel and Deal with Chiefs, Acquire QB Alex Smith Ending the Kirk Cousins Era

The Kirk Cousins era in Washington is over.

The Redskins on Tuesday night made a stunning move, dealing with the AFC West’s Kansas City Chiefs, acquiring quarterback Alex Smith from the Chiefs.

There’s no official word on what the Chiefs are going to get in return for Smith, though according to ESPN the Redskins would give Kansas City a third-round pick and Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller as compensation.

Any trade involving Smith can’t be completed until the first day of the new league year, which begins at 3 p.m. on March 14th, but sources say it’s a done deal.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the deal to get Smith to D.C. will also involve a new contract, a whopping four-year deal worth $23.5 million per year with $71 million in guaranteed money.

The trade means that the team will not bring back Cousins as their quarterback, and the team will look for suitors to take the QB off their hands.

The Broncos, Browns and possibly even Jacksonville are three teams that will make calls for Cousins, who has stated in the past that he wanted to stay with the Redskins.

Schefter: Redskins Not Changing Their Nickname After Removal of ‘Chief Wahoo’ Logo in Cleveland

There was some thought yesterday that the Redskins might be the next to scrap their nickname or logo after the MLB’s Cleveland Indians announced that they would no long be using ‘Chief Wahoo’ on their uniforms starting in 2019.

A tweet today from Adam Schefter states that the Redskins are not in a position right now to do that, this coming right from NFL Commish Roger Goodell.

Redskins Coach Gruden Wants a More Aggressive Kirk Cousins in 2018

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says he wants quarterback Kirk Cousins to be more aggressive in 2018 according to John Keim of ESPN.

Of course, that is assuming the impending free agent is still in Washington in 2018 with either a long-term contract or a third-consecutive franchise tag. Considering that he lost both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and was working with several new receivers, it is not surprising that Cousins struggled to manufacture big plays in the passing game this season but Gruden seems to believe that some of the blame belongs to his quarterback. “A lot of times he needs to see guys being open instead of throwing guys open from time to time,” Gruden said. “Then when you do that, they have to make plays for you. You’ll never know until those balls are thrown.”

If Cousins does remain a Redskins, he will likely benefit from another offseason of work with purported No.1 wideout Josh Doctson but the team badly needs an influx of talent at the skill positions.

Redskins Resign Linebacker Mason Foster

The Redskins made a roster move on Thursday, as the team resigned linebacker Mason Foster.

The 28-year-old played in five games with the Redskins last season, making 31 tackles with half a sack and an interception.

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 NFL.com.

“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.

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden Wants a Long Term Deal for QB Kirk Cousins

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The Redskins could still keep quarterback Kirk Cousins around on a one-year deal. That’s not the outcome their coach would like to see, John Keim of ESPN reports.

Speaking on his show that aired over the weekend on NBC, Jay Gruden told host Chris Cooley that he wants Cousins’ contract situation to be resolved.

After two years of both sides saying they were OK with Cousins on a one-year deal, it appears that patience is running out. During a question-and-answer session with fans Friday in conjunction with his paid weekly appearances on 106.7 The Fan, Cousins said he was fine playing on another one-year deal, but added, “You can only just kind of go year-to-year for so long.”

Cousins has played the past two seasons on one-year deals under the franchise tag, leading to season-long questions about his future with the organization.

“I think something has to be done,” Gruden said. “I personally don’t want to go through another one-year deal, and just one year, one year. I think you want to have a quarterback in here that’s going to be here. And hopefully that is Kirk, and if not, we have to move on and do what we have to do as an organization.”

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins Ready for Another Uncertain Offseason

Kirk Cousins says he is likely to wait until March for any possible negotiations with the Redskins, indicating he would first make the team decide whether to apply a transition or franchise tag on him for the third year in a row according to the AP.

Appearing at a fan forum aired live on 106.7 The Fan, the local radio station on which the quarterback makes weekly regular-season appearances, Cousins said Friday he believes the Redskins are “all in” on trying to sign him to a long-term contract. He said his agent counseled him to decline the team’s attempt to reach a lengthy deal late in the 2015 season, Cousins’ first as a starter.

Cousins also said Friday he was bothered by coach Jay Gruden’s tepid assessment of the QB at a season-ending news conference this week.