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The Redskins have always been and still are Kirk Cousins' first choice

The Redskins have always been and still are Kirk Cousins' first choice

There have been plenty of stories written about Kirk Cousins desire to stay in with the Redskins in the long term.

Many have said that he is desperate to get out of Washington, D.C. and join Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. But even if that couldn’t happen, the conventional wisdom has been that he wants to be anywhere other than where he is.

Cousins directly contradicted that narrative in an appearance on The Grant and Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan.

In an answer to the question, Cousins said that staying is Washington is his preference.

“It has always been my first choice to be with the Redskins,” he said, a day after the deadline for him agreeing to a long-term contract with the Redskins passed without a deal. Cousins will now have to play out the season on the franchise tag with a salary of $23.9 million.

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Cousins looked to history to explain why he prefers to stay with the team that drafted him.

“When you look around the league and you see quarterbacks, great quarterbacks, nearly all play for only one team,” he said. “And the ones who haven’t, it really wasn’t their choice. It was usually a situation that dictated that they had to move on, it wasn’t their preference. So, I’m no different. I would love to be with the Redskins long term.”

Why, then, did his camp not make a counter to the Redskins’ last contract offer?

“It was really a tough decision for me,” he said. “But ultimately, I just felt peace about not making an offer and leaving it in the team’s court and then based on their offers, let the deadline pass and then play the season out. That’s what I felt the most peace about.”

Even though he has been with the Redskins organization for five seasons, there have been some major changes since the end of the 2016 season.

Offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become the head coach of the Rams and he was replaced by Matt Cavanaugh. A shakeup in the personnel department led to general manager Scot McCloughan being fired and Doug Williams getting elevated to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel.

It seems that Cousins wants those changes to marinate a bit and see how they work out as the season unfolds.

“I felt like we needed a little more time,” said Cousins. I feel like I wanted the next six months to give me more information about the organization so I can make a more informed decision.”

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After the season ends, the Redskins will hold exclusive negotiating rights for Cousins until the start of free agency in early March. They could use either the franchise tag, which would keep him in Washington for another year at a hefty $34.7 million salary or the franchise tag, which carries a salary of $28.5 million and gives the team the right to match a free agent offer.

Cousins believes that there is plenty of time for all of that to unfold.

“While there was a deadline this summer, the real time to make a decision for next year is next year,” he said. “That’s not where my focus is, my focus is on playing football. There will be plenty of time to figure all that out down the road. Again, my first choice would be to be with the Redskins long term and we’ll see with more information if we can make that happen.”

In all, Cousins said that he would prefer to return to the Redskins for the long term three times in his answer to that one question.

A lot can happen between now and when it’s time for Cousins to decide where he wants to spend the next several years of his football career. The additional information that he gathers could be positive but it may not be. We will see how things unfold in Ashburn.

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 @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.