With the franchise tag deadline coming in a matter of days, the way Kirk Cousins views the Redskins is being scrutinized, examined and (insert any other -ed word that means looked at closely), and it has been that way in the DMV for quite some time now.
Does Cousins feel slighted that the team has taken so long to make what he views is a reasonable deal, and is that hindering negotiations? What does the 28-year-old really think about his head coach and the front office? And would the quarterback sign here even if he received a massive offer, or does he simply not like it in Washington?
But during an appearance on CSN's #RedskinsTalk Podcast, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport told JP Finlay he feels that a certain something would help Cousins forget any lingering resentment or issues he has with the Redskins. Just like that, they'd be gone.
"If they pay him what he's worth, I would imagine that he would be very happy to be there," Rapoport said when Finlay asked what he's heard about Cousins' desire to stay with the 'Skins long term, before explaining that if Cousins does agree to a deal by Monday, he'd be doing so with a team that's slowly rising.
"This is an organization that I think over the last couple of years has done things a lot better," Rapoport said. "Certainly has drafted better. The Scot McCloughan thing was not good, but this last draft seems to have been very good without Scot... Free agency I think was pretty good. They got one of the steals in free agency in Terrelle Pryor. Things seem to be going in the right direction for the Redskins despite a couple bumps in the road."
All of that does seem to be true, even though the NFL is a league that's difficult to predict. Yet it still comes down to the fact that Cousins is the one who'll have to decide to sign his name at the bottom of an extension, which may not happen regardless of how Washington's future looks.
Rapoport, however, was firm in his stance that simply and fairly rewarding him for his performance over the last couple of seasons would do a lot to erase any tension.
"Now, is Cousins frustrated by why he doesn't already have a long-term extension? I'm sure he is. I would be, too" he said. "But I don't think any of that matters as much as strictly the numbers, because if you get a long-term contract, all of that fades away very, very quickly, and we've seen it over and over and over in the NFL."
For more of the podcast and Rapoport's thoughts on Cousins, including what a potential deal would look like and what percentage he gives that one does indeed happen, check out the links below.
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