MOBILE -- Jay Gruden sounds like he might be ready to again coach Kirk Cousins on a one-year contract, whether he likes it or not.
"Whatever happens, happens. We’re going to coach whoever is in the building, and if we get (Cousins) for a one-year, it’s a one year," Gruden told NBC Sports Washington (full video above).
"We’ll do the best we can with it."
At this point, Gruden knows the problems of coaching a quarterback on a one-year contract, as the Redskins have deployed the franchise tag on Cousins the past two seasons. Should Washington again look to tag Cousins, the price tag jumps to a wild $34 million for the 2018 season. Keep in mind, however, the NFL salary cap might outpace projections and creep all the way to $180 million, driving down the percentage of cap occupied by Cousins.
Both Cousins and Gruden have talked about wanting long-term clarity, and while it's hard to say if the one-year deals impact on-field play, they take a toll on offseason planning.
Regardless, Gruden moved quick to clear up any confusion about his relationship with Cousins.
Asked directly if there was tension with Cousins, Gruden said, " No. I'm tired of the questions about the one-year deal."
Understandably, Gruden seems frustrated with the nature of contract talks between the Redskins and Cousins.
In 2016, Washington low-balled Cousins in contract talks and the QB decided to play on the franchise tag. In 2017, Washington made a low but reasonable offer to start contract talks, but Cousins decided not to negotiate, and again played on a one-year franchise tag.
In 2018, it could be more of the same.
"It seems like we just keep pushing this thing off and off and off, and eventually both sides are going to have to make a decision," Gruden said. "Hopefully that will be soon, but if not, we will see what happens."
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