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Kirk Cousins avoids questions about his future with the Redskins


Kirk Cousins avoids questions about his future with the Redskins

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.” 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.