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Kirk Cousins wants to stay a Redskin but 'under the right set of circumstances'

Kirk Cousins wants to stay a Redskin but 'under the right set of circumstances'

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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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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