Kirk Cousins has been here before, three times in fact.
On Sunday, the Redskins quarterback will play in what might be his last game wearing the home colors at FedEx Field. As you may have heard, his contract is up at the end of the year and his future is very much up in the air.
“I’ve had multiple years here where it was the final year of my contract, so I guess those possibilities have come up before,” he said. “I guess now that it’s been the third go around of that, you just kind of go out and play and let the chips fall where they may.”
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Actually, this will be the fourth time that Cousins has played a potential final home game. He had two of them in 2015, the year his original contract with the team ran out. In Week 15 they beat the Bills to move to 7-7. They had to win in Philadelphia the next week to win the division and get into the playoffs. They took care of business and earned the right to host the Packers in the wild-card round of the playoffs. They were one and done and that game could have been Cousins’ last home game at FedEx.
The Redskins used the franchise tag on Cousins after the season so he was back at it on a one-year contract. The season finale was against the Giants at home. There was little focus on Cousins’ status as the Redskins needed a win to qualify for the playoffs. The season came to an abrupt end when the Redskins lost, their fate sealed when Cousins threw a late-game interception.
The Redskins used the tag on him once again so come Sunday, Cousins will be playing that potential final home game for the Redskins.
“I just want to make sure that in and of this season that we leave FedEx Field on a high note and give our home fans something to feel good about as they leave FedEx Field for the last time this season,” said Cousins. “That’s really where the focus is—trying to have a finish here that causes the tenor of the season to feel much better as we walk away from it.”
With so much up in the air, that’s the right approach to take. Play the game, walk out with a win, and leave a good taste in the mouths of the fans who are there. Soon after that moment, the Redskins and Cousins will be able to negotiate on a long-term contract and within a few months, we will see if Cousins has any more home games in burgundy and gold.