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Colin Cowherd again trolls D.C. athlete - but this time it's Kirk Cousins

Colin Cowherd again trolls D.C. athlete - but this time it's Kirk Cousins

For years Colin Cowherd has gone out of his way to insult D.C. sports, and John Wall in particular. Cowherd was up to his usual DMV trolling, but this time his target was Kirk Cousins. 

Cowherd got on the topic of Cousins by pointing out that the Jets were being prudent not paying lavish sums of money to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

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"Kirk Cousins in Washington, be very, very careful," Cowherd said (courtesy 106.7 the Fan).

He continued:

If you look at Kirk Cousins, I can give you two numbers: Got ’em to the playoffs, 70 percent completion rate! Okay, let’s give it some context, they won the NFC East, which was — of all the divisions last year — the biggest disaster in the NFL. Romo got hurt, Sam Bradford and Chip Kelly didn’t work and New York’s best defender blew his hand off. Chaos.So, let’s look at the division that the Washington Redskins won, because that’s the big thing now: 70 percent completion rate, won a division! The division was grease fire. 

And continued:

Who did he beat late in the season? Buffalo, out of the playoffs. Philadelphia, that quit on Chip Kelly. That was his last game. And Dallas was starting something called Kellen Moore. It was their 13th quarterback used in like a month. So, let’s put it in context - when he actually got a home playoff game against Green Bay, routed at home. So don’t tell me wins make a franchise quarterback.

This argument isn't new in Washington. In fact, this argument might be the entire basis the Redskins did not give Cousins a multi-year deal this offseason. But then Cowherd said this:

So I’ll give the New York Jets credit. I’ll give ’em some credit. They’re the only NFL team going in without a quarterback and they’re saying, ‘All right. We’re not going to make a bad decision because there’s never a right time to do the wrong thing.​

Uh, Colin, isn't that exactly what the Redskins did? Granted, Cousins will make $20 million this year as a function of the franchise tag, but Washington absolutely did not rush into a decision on their quarterback. 'Skins GM Scot McCloughan made the prudent move to let Cousins prove his worth this season, and it may cost the team more next year, but Washington's stance with Cousins and the Jets position with Fitzpatrick are quite similar.

But don't let that get in the way of a good troll job.

Cowherd then went on to place Cousins in a tier of QBs called "absolute fools gold" and compared him to guys like Brock Osweiler, Ryan Tannehill and Andy Dalton. Of the "fool's gold" tier, Cowherd said, "they’re not going to be stars, they’ve never been stars, they never will be stars, but they’re being paid like stars."

Again, Cousins is being paid handsomely for one season, but the 'Skins did not offer the extended money and corresponding salary cap trauma that Tannehill and Osweiler received. And lest we forget, Cousins performed significantly better than either Osweiler or Tannehill last season, his first as a starter. 

But don't let facts get in the way. 

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

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