Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 31, five days before the Washington Redskins go to Seattle to play the Seahawks.
Today’s schedule: Off day
—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 12
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 19
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 23
Laying down the chips on Cousins’ future
New England and San Francisco made a big trade that sent ripple effects to Washington. What does the 49ers trade for Jimmy Garoppolo mean for the future of Kirk Cousins in Washington? A lot could happen with Cousins’ top expected destination off the board, so let’s dust off the $100 in imaginary casino chips and spread them out on the various scenarios that could unfold. Here is where Cousins could end up in 2018.
Cousins stays in Washington with a long-term deal, $30—In my mind, this has been a sneaky favorite scenario all year long. What Cousins and the team need to work out is an unorthodox deal that will give the team some stability at the position while addressing Cousins’ desire to remain in a situation where there is an equal commitment on both sides of a contract, i.e. high guarantees. Perhaps this will lead to a contract that is shorter term than the standard five- or six-year deal with a large percentage of the money either fully guaranteed or essentially guaranteed.
Cousins stays with a transition tag, $15—This would be a scenario where Cousins gets the transition tag, which allows him to solicit offers that the team could match. But if he can’t find a deal he likes he could sign the tag and stay in Washington for one more year for $28 million.
Cousins stays on the franchise tag, $20—This would be the nuclear option, at least as far as the salary cap is concerned. It would be a one-year, $34.5 million deal with all of the cap hit coming in 2018. The Redskins don’t want to do this but I think they might do it before they let Cousins walk.
Cousins signs with the Broncos, $10—Maybe this bet is skewered by the sight of Trevor Siemian scattering footballs all over the place in Arrowhead Stadium last night, throwing three picks in Denver’s loss to the Chiefs. John Elway has a championship caliber defense and his team needs a quarterback. He is willing to jump into the free agent market and the Broncos strong organization and winning tradition could be strong draws for Cousins.
Cousins signs with the field, $25—There still are plenty of other teams that will be interested in Cousins. I don’t see the Steelers, who could be looking for a Big Ben replacement, making a play for him as some have suggested. They are not in the big-money free agent business. I also have a difficult time seeing Cousins sign up to play for the Jets or Browns. The possibilities that Cooper Cousins will spend his early years in Jacksonville or Arizona are much stronger.
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The #Redskins are now 3-21 under Gruden when they run for fewer than 90 yards.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) October 30, 2017
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