As speculation continues to swirl around Kirk Cousins’ future with the Washington Redskins, the quarterback offered his own — albeit slightly vague — thoughts on the subject on SportsCenter this morning.
Without mentioning the words “franchise tag,” Cousins emphasized the importance of continuity with a team, saying he would love to remain with the Redskins, but that’s conditional.
“I’d love to be able to help build Washington and bring them back to the days of the Hogs and those championships,” he said. “So that’s certainly what we’re always striving for, and, under the right set of circumstances, I would love to be back.”
So what exactly are those “right set of circumstances,” and how should that ambiguity be understood?
The go-to interpretation is the financial side of his unrestricted free agency. The Redskins have more than a month to put a franchise tag on Cousins before working on a long-term deal, which team president Bruce Allen said is the ultimate goal in this situation.
If Washington doesn’t tag him or offer him a long-term contract, there are a number of teams that could scoop him up.
“There’s a lot of guys who finish the season and are free agents, and they don’t know what’s going to happen,” Cousins said. “Fortunately, in my situation, I think there will be some teams that are interested.”
But if the right circumstances for Cousins aren’t financial, what are they?
While he would love to bring the Redskins back to their glory days, it’s also possible the right circumstances mean having the right team to do that, especially because he talked of continuity and strong team relationships.
Although the offense isn’t expected to change much next season, having Matt Cavanaugh replace Sean McVay will still be an adjustment. So maybe Cousins is just looking for some consistency in what could be his third year as a starter.
Whatever happens, Cousins acknowledged this uncertainty is part of the business and he’s not too worried.
“I feel good about what’s going to transpire here going forward.”
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