If the Kirk Cousins contract saga seemed overwhelming last offseason, just wait for the 2017 version. The Redskins are basically in the same exact spot with their quarterback as they were this time last year: No long-term deal in place, and the franchise tag looming as a possible quick fix.
Cousins spoke at length on The Grant and Danny show on 106.7 The Fan on Monday, and covered a number of topics as they pertained to his future with Washington. For Redskins fans, the entire interview has value, but certain phrases and questions stood out.
In particular, Cousins was asked why it's so important for him to maximize his value in these contract negotiations. And for as much as Cousins and his camp have been very strategic in their tactics thus far with the Redskins, his first thought was a team-first answer.
"I'm not trying to suck out every dollar possible. That's not the kind of guy I am or how I’m going to approach it," he said. "I understand, like Scot McCloughan and Jay Gruden, it’s all about winning football games."
One rational concern about a new deal for Cousins: Spending more than $100 million at QB would limit Washington's ability to pay other players. Cousins went on to explain that the salary cap has the biggest impact on quarterbacks' contracts.
"If the salary cap was much, much higher, than quarterbacks could make much, much more and it wouldn’t hurt the team. So the cap is really determining everything," Cousins said. "How much of the apple are you really taking, regardless of the dollar amount? That percentage is what my agent has always and will always focus on and negotiate off of - that’s what he’s explained to me."
That explanation came in reference to some quarterback contracts taking too much of the cap, and in turn, the team suffers. Cousins made clear that's not his intention, and if it was to happen, he would work to fix it.
"Frankly, once you sign the contract, there's no law saying you can’t renegotiate," the quarterback said. "If you sign the deal and you end up coming away from two seasons saying, ‘Hey, you know, not only did we not win but I think the reason is it’s I’m taking too much,’ then you can always talk about changing that. But I don’t see a need to do that on the front end."
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