Expect reports to continue to emerge regarding Kirk Cousins and his contract negotiations with the Washington Redskins. In the last few days, it's been said that the Redskins will franchise tag Cousins, that the Redskins will transition tag Cousins, and that the Redskins might even trade Cousins.
None of those reports have come true, yet, but a new report suggests why Cousins hasn't signed with Washington.
Reasons why Kirk Cousins hasn't taken a deal yet: Redskins' initial offers were $12.5m per year, then $15m per, sources say. Tag is ~$20m.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 27, 2016
While $12.5 million a year sounds incredible to regular folks, that's a lowball offer to an elite NFL quarterback, which is what Cousins expects to be paid like. Especially considering Cousins stands to make at least $17 million playing under the transition tag or nearly $20 million on the franchise tag. Yes, those deals are one-year guarantees, so perhaps a player would take less for long-term security, but not by that much.
Remember, Cousins' management will argue that their client be paid like a Top 10 QB. He produced on that level in the second half of the 2015 season as the 'Skins won the NFC East and Cousins broke most team passing records. This contract is about potential, not the numbers compiled in a four-year career, when Cousins often didn't play.
Consider Chicago's Jay Cutler makes $18 million a year and Kansas City's Alex Smith brings in $17 million per season, and it's unlikely to think Cousins will take an agreement that doesn't approach those annual numbers. But it's also smart for the Redskins to begin the contract talks at a low number and slowly work their way up.
Like the famous line in The Godfather, Redskins fans need to remember that this isn't personal, it's just business.