Firing Scot McCloughan dominated the conversation around the Redskins for a big chunk of this offseason. The franchise handled the situation poorly, but outside of that mess, things have run well for the organization in 2017.
Even harsh critics would speak highly of the Redskins draft class, and the team made shrewd signings in free agency without breaking the bank.
One monstrous hurdle remains for Washington this offseason: The continued uncertainty around the long-term future of quarterback Kirk Cousins.
With Tuesday's announcement that Doug Williams has been promoted to Redskins' senior vice president of player personnel, could changes be coming in the long-term contract talks for quarterback Kirk Cousins? Don't count on it.
"It’s hard to say to be involved with Kirk Cousins because I haven’t been in this position. But we do have people who have been involved with Kirk Cousins for the last year or so, so we’re going to make sure to continue to do what they’re doing," Williams said. "It might be good also to not step in and let Eric Schaffer finish the job."
Schaffer also got promoted Tuesday, moving up to Redskins SVP of Football Operations as well as general counsel. Schaffer has run point on the negotiations with Cousins' representatives for some time, and more recently Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder have gotten involved.
There seems to be some momentum around getting a deal done with Cousins. Promoting Doug Williams does much to fill the personnel void left, and a long-term contract with Cousins, from a PR standpoint, would erase much of what's left of fan's ill-will surrounding McCloughan's departure.
That doesn't mean a deal will get done. Asked if he could consider an average annual salary around the $24 million Cousins is due to make on the franchise tag in 2017, Schaffer didn't offer much information (full video above).
Repeatedly, Schaffer said how much the team wants Cousins and values him as their quarterback. Eventually, that value needs to be quantified in the form of a serious contract offer.
Williams and Schaffer certainly won't hurt the positive momentum surrounding the Cousins contract talks. The moves might help. If nothing else, Schaffer and Williams' promotions provide stability for the organization.
Cash is what will determine a deal. Despite the changes in the Redskins front office, that equation hasn't changed.
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