If Ian Rapoport had to bet on who will be the Redskins QB in 2019, he's putting his money on Kirk Cousins.
"I do think it will be Kirk Cousins," Rapoport said. "Obviously, no deal's gonna happen today, barring something crazy. I don't even know what would get it done today, honestly."
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If it can't get done Monday, the NFL Insider told the Sports Junkies that he does feel a deal could get done in 2018.
"There is going to be plenty of time to get this deal done. If he goes out and has a great, great year, then his leverage is astronomical. If he goes out and has an OK year, or maybe plays well and the team doesn't make the playoffs, something like that, there is a number that would make sense. Maybe Cousins has great feelings about the organization, loves it, wants to stay, and maybe it's 27, 28 million a year and he says you know what, I'm just gonna stay."
Rapoport also brought up a question that has been a big topic of discussion during the offseason. How much is Cousins actually worth? Many feel that Cousins wants to explore his potential value in the NFL. Who could blame him? Athletes in today's world are getting paid major bucks.
No matter his worth, Rapoport sees testing the open market as beneficial for all involved.
"We are going to find out his real value on the open market and I think there is a lot to be said for both sides to see what someone else will pay him. I think that will help give some clarity, who has leverage, who doesn't, what this is going to end up at if there are some other bidders. I think that probably is something that would really benefit everyone in this situation."