The Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins have reportedly broken off contract talks and have nothing scheduled on this front for the near future, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Redskins and QB Kirk Cousins have broken off contract talks, per team source. No further talks scheduled.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 16, 2016
Washington isn’t likely to lose Cousins to the open market, though, as it’s fully expected that the franchise tag will be utilized to ensure he stays with the Redskins at least one more year.
That’s no small figure, though. A recent report by NFL.com shows that the franchise number for quarterbacks in 2016 is almost $20 million.
Likely, Cousins and his agent won’t be too upset if they have to bite the bullet and take that one-year deal if it comes down to it. That said, a long-term deal for top quarterbacks offers much more than $20 million guaranteed these days. Free agency begins officially on March 9, but teams can negotiate starting on March 7.
Recently, Cousins played coy about wanting to return to Washington, saying “I think I want to be where I am wanted and you want to be with people who believe in you and we are going to find out — because we haven’t discussed it yet — how much I am wanted and where that’ll go.”
Unfortunately, at this time it sure seems like Cousins doesn’t feel like the Redskins want him enough to give him what he feels he’s worth.
Cousins was phenomenal last year in Washington, surprising most by completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 4,166 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He got better as the year went on, and you can be sure if Washington doesn’t want to pay him like a top passer there are other teams out there that will.