Kirk Cousins sidestepped questions about his contractual status on Wednesday, saying his only focus is Sunday’s game against the 9-0 Panthers.
“I really don’t deal with it,” Cousins said. “I just try to focus on playing the game. I got enough to worry about with Carolina and every team after that. That consumes my focus.”
At this time a year ago, Cousins had an uncertain future in Washington after being relegated to third string behind Robert Griffin III and Colt McCoy.
But much has changed over the past 12 months.
Not only has Cousins started all nine games for the 4-5 Redskins, he’s earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice in three games. And if the free-agent-to-be continues to perform well, he'll put himself in line for a big payday here—or elsewhere.
Asked if the flipped script signals career progress, Cousins said: “You’re always progressing as a player in this league. You’re always getting better. Every day you go out there, you hope to develop as a player and as a person. And I think I’ve done that every season I’ve been here, every offseason. This year is no different along those lines.”
Pressed on the contract issue, Cousins would not budge.
“Well, I mean I appreciate the question,” Cousins said, asked if he could envision spending his short or long term future in Washington. “But I feel like it’s best for me to just focus on week-to-week, and understanding that in this league, things change and happen so fast that I’ve gotten myself in trouble when I start to think I can look down the road and predict things.”
Cousins and the Redskins can begin discussing an extension at any time. The team has exclusive negotiating rights with the 27-year-old until early March.
“I just take it one week at a time, one day at a time, and I’ve learned to handle it that way," he said. "Because when you look any further than that, you’re going to get all kinds of things that you never may have expected. My focus is on Carolina. I appreciate the question, but I think it’s best to leave it at that.”