Just in the past day or so, two reports about Kirk Cousins' talks with the Redskins regarding a possible contract extension came out, and let's just say that the reports were a bit conflicting of one another.
First, the Washington Post flatly said Tuesday that no progress had been made between the two sides. Early Wednesday morning, however, ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote that there "has been an improved, encouraging tone" in the negotiations.
The overall sense is that things are at least somewhat better between the quarterback and the team than they were last year, but the opposite reports again illustrate how difficult it is to nail down exactly what's happening.
When asked about his thoughts on the speculation, Jay Gruden didn't offer much, but he did reiterate his desire for Cousins to re-sign long term.
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"I was just learning the report, I don't have a reaction," Gruden said Wednesday after another OTAs session in Ashburn. "I'm not in the negotiations, unfortunately. I'm gonna let everybody handle that. I think Bruce and Eric Schaffer will do a fine job, obviously Kirk's agent will do his work and hopefully something gets done."
Gruden chuckled after he said he "unfortunately" wasn't a part of the discussions, but one got the sense he wishes he could be. He's spoken highly of the passer in recent months, and that trend did not stop in this particular press conference.
"I have a lot of respect for Kirk and what he's done and what he's accomplished in a short period of time," he said. "I'm very happy that he's our quarterback...We got him here for another year, I'm gonna coach the heck out of him. Love coaching him, I think he likes playing here in this system for this football team and this franchise."
But then, Gruden finished his comments with the four words that have been uttered countless times in the past and that will continue to be used until the July 15 deadline, revealing that even Cousins' head coach is largely helpless when it comes to whether a deal gets done.
"We'll see what happens," he said.
And so, the clock keeps ticking.