Scot McCloughan wants to get Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term contract but he doesn’t see it happening anytime soon.
The Redskins general manager believes the desire to get something done is mutual. “It’s still in the process, you know, we have our time restraints but it’s ongoing,” McCloughan told reporters at the owners meetings in Boca Raton, Florida. “But as you guys are well aware, I’ve already said it, I would love to have Kirk in a long-term deal and I think he would love to be on a long-term deal just to know, listen this is where you’re going to play and this is going to be where you are for a long time.”
After being unable to come to a contract agreement with Cousins, the Redskins tagged him on March 1. Cousins signed the tender shortly thereafter, guaranteeing him a salary of $19.95 million in 2016 while giving him and the team the opportunity to negotiate a long-term contract if they can get it done by July 15.
McCloughan said that Cousins has plenty of motivation beyond money.
“Kirk is a really good person, he’s not in it just to get the money, and we talked about this,” said McCloughan. “He’s about, he wants to be a Redskin, he wants to understand that it’s his team and we’re going to go do special things, he wants to be the quarterback and you know as a person, I respect that so much because I’ve been around players in the past that were all worried about just the money, and he’s not. He’s worried about a good team.”
That all may be true, but it doesn’t mean that Cousins will be inclined to give the Redskins any sort of a hometown discount. It’s a business transaction and this could be his one and only shot at getting a big contract. He has every right to try to get as much as he can. After he does that, it’s McCloughan’s job to draft and sign players around the quarterback.
“Everybody in that building [Redskins Park] wants Kirk to be our quarterback for a long time but as of right now we don’t have that availability.” said McCloughan. If both sides are motivated to make a deal there is a good chance it will happen. It may not happen until that July 15 deadline approaches or perhaps not until next year.