Washington wants to re-sign Kirk Cousins, but undecided on value

Kirk Cousins Redskins

The Washington football team is sold on Kirk Cousins as the long-term quarterback, but signing the impending free agent to a new contract isn’t exactly an easy task.

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the franchise is undecided on Cousins’ monetary value.

“[C]ontract talks between the team and the quarterback’s representatives have not yet reached advanced stages, two people with knowledge of the situation said. However, the team’s decision-makers find themselves in agreement over Cousins: He’s their starter long term, and not merely a bridge quarterback.”

Though Washington can slap the franchise tag on him if no contract is reached, Cousins is perhaps the most intriguing — not the best — potential free agent this offseason.

After three years of sharing time with Robert Griffin III and Colt McCoy, Cousins has emerged as a decent and sometimes-explosive NFL quarterback.

Granted, inconsistency is a major problem for the 27-year-old.

In 2015, Washington has played eight home games and six on the road. At FedEx Field, he’s completed a stunning 74.7 percent of his passes, tossing 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Away from the friendly confines of Landover, Maryland, Cousins has thrown six scores and nine picks.

During seven wins, the Michigan State product has 15 touchdowns to one interception compared to seven and 10, respectively, in seven losses.

Moral of the story? Cousins is generally awful when Washington loses, which is 1-5 on the road but 6-2 at home in 2015. However, the franchise has only won seven games in a season once since 2008. Cousins led Washington this far, so he absolutely deserves a new contract.

We’ll soon find out what Washington believes a promising, inconsistent quarterback is worth — and it’s probably every penny.