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Kirk Cousins on Redskins' contract: I don't have any expectations


Kirk Cousins on Redskins' contract: I don't have any expectations

On the same day Redskins GM Scot McCloughan explained that the team could use the franchise tag on free agent Kirk Cousins, the quarterback explained that he is keeping expectations in check as talks of a new contract move forward.

"I don’t have any expectations," Cousins said when asked his thoughts on a new contract. "I just go forward knowing that my job was to play football the best I could. Whatever I did on the field will speak for itself."

Earlier on Wednesday speaking at the Senior Bowl, McCloughan said that he wants Cousins to be a part of the Redskins before adding that the team will consider all options for a new contract (full video above). Asked about the franchise tag, Cousins recognizes that could be how things play out.


"It certainly is a possibility," Cousins said. "The team has that option. The ball's in their court, we’ll see what they choose to do."

Speaking Wednesday night at the Washington Auto Show, Cousins signed autographs for hundreds of Redskins fans. Many came with "You Like That" shirts and signs, a testament to the growth and new-found celebrity of Cousins. 

"I feel good about the work we’ve put in the last year," he said.

And he should. In the 2015 season - his first as the uncontested starter - Cousins broke Redskins passing records en route to more than 4,100 yards and 29 TDs. The Skins also won the NFC East, much of that success brought on by the late season surge from their quarterback.

Regardless, Cousins knows the business of football doesn't allow for much time to be spent reflecting on accomplishments. McCloughan even said he will scout quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl, and it would not be a shock to some if Washington spent a later round draft pick on a developmental QB prospect.

"This league’s always going to be competitive," Cousins said of that possibility. "There's never any entitlement. You’ve got to prove yourself every day and every year."

For a guy that drives a hand-me-down conversion van and lives with his in-laws for parts of the offseason, Cousins' life is not about flash. His play on the field, and at times fiery competitive persona, may show another side to the soon-to-be very rich QB. Even if the Redskins can't reach a long-term deal with Cousins and he enters 2016 on a franchise tag, that contract would likely guarantee at least $19 million. 

Still, Cousins is a down-to-earth person off the field, even if confronted with life-changing cash. Asked if he would shop for a new ride while at the Auto Show, Cousins said he would probably look around, but that his wife jokes he is often hesitant "to pull the trigger" on major purchases.

What kind of car does Kirk Cousins look for? Like any good Michigan native, Cousins said he likes to buy cars from Detroit.

"I've always liked American made cars," he said. "I've always been partial to American made."

Pressed for specifics, Cousins said he likes the Corvette and Viper. Buying one of those would certainly qualify as pulling the trigger, but it might depend on what the Redskins do first.

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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.