Another hour, another permutation in the Kirk Cousins contract saga.
On Thursday morning, Cousins talked about a desire to be in Washington for the long haul, if things can be worked out during an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter from the Pro Bowl in Orlando.
“I’d love to be able to help build Washington and bring them back to the days of the Hogs and those championships,” he said. “So that’s certainly what we’re always striving for, and, under the right set of circumstances, I would love to be back.”
However, speaking to reporters later he indicated that he will accept and play under the franchise tag if the Redskins use it on him. That’s what he did last year, earning a salary of just under $20 million. For this season, the price would go up to nearly $24 million.
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"We will cross that bridge when we come to it, but I would probably do what I did last year," Cousins said after NFC's practice. "I will sign it and play with it. I'm not afraid."
That would mean that a long-term deal would be put off until 2018. Many players would hesitate to do that, preferring the security of having a multi-year deal.
But the way Cousins looks at it, making nearly $44 million in two years is good with him.
"It will be hard to have a lack of security at that point," Cousins said of the big money involved. "Do you know what I mean?"
This is a man who drives a conversion van he bought from his grandmother to Redskins Park and puts it in a lot filled with Mercedes and BMWs. As smart with a dollar as he seems to be, he may not be bluffing.
If the Redskins take him at his word, it looks like they will need to get him signed to a long-term deal before using the franchise tag on him. The window to do that runs from Feb. 15 through March 1. If he does get tagged, the rules say that the Redskins have until July 15 to sign him to a long-term deal. But considering what Cousins said, the deadline may come much sooner than that.
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