Despite its controversial tone, Kirk Cousins understood why the Redskins issued a statement on Monday explaining why he and the team did not get a long-term deal done.
Quick refresher: Monday afternoon, Washington team president Bruce Allen convened a select group of reporters and read aloud a statement explaining why the organization and Cousins could not reach a multi-year contract for the second straight season. In his remarks, Allen included specific contract details and said that Cousins never issued a counter offer to the Redskins.
As far as NFL statements go, the Redskins broke the mold. Rarely are terms disclosed, though Allen revealed the Redskins offered $53 million fully guaranteed. And telling the public that Cousins never countered seemed like trying to shift blame.
Cousins, however, didn't see it that way.
"My take would be different than public perception," the quarterback explained on 106.7 the Fan's Grant and Danny show (full audio here). "In his position you have to do that."
A Redskins spokesperson said the team issued the statement to quiet misinformation about the team's offer to Cousins. For his part, the QB agreed, and he even defended the Redskins offer.
"It was a great starting point. I think it was a fair offer."
Now playing the second year on a franchise tag, and making a guaranteed $24 million this season, Cousins wants to take his time and see the direction of the franchise before deciding long-term. He said there was not a dollar figure that would have gotten a long-term deal done, as the franchise tag mechanics dictate much of the process.
His decision, though, is not a reflection on Bruce Allen.
"I respect and appreciate Bruce’s approach," Cousins said, adding that it meant a lot the 'Skins team president would fly out to Michigan to visit the quarterback last weekend before the deadline.
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