Kirk Cousins sure sounds like a guy who wants to stay with the Washington Redskins. But the pending free agent quarterback remains unsure if it will happen.
His answers to questions during his press conference following the Redskins’ 35-18 loss to the Packers in the first round of NFC playoffs were peppered with references to him being a part of the future of the team.
“I feel good about where this organization is headed and the nucleus of guys that we have . . . We’ve got a great challenge up ahead . . . [when] we leave for the offseason your mind starts going to what you have do to get ready for next season . . . We’ve got a lot of work to do to get there . . .”
But when asked about free agency specifically, he gave the version of the same answer he has been giving for the last few weeks when the subject has come up.
“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,” he said. “But I’m sure you know it’s a business and the team is going to operate with that mindset and this is my first time going through that process in the NFL. It’s new to me, I don’t know a whole lot about it, so we’ll see how it goes.”
The Redskins and Cousins’ agent started some very preliminary negotiations around midseason of this year but they haven’t gotten detailed or serious yet. That will happen in the coming weeks.
The team has exclusive negotiating rights with Cousins until the pre-free agency negotiation period opens on March 12. But the real date to watch is March 7. That is the last day for teams to apply the franchise tag to players and it seems likely that the Redskins will tag Cousins if they have not reached a deal by then.