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Kirk Cousins on his Redskins future: 'I do feel believed in here'


Kirk Cousins on his Redskins future: 'I do feel believed in here'

Older people like to talk about the weather. People with kids like to talk about their kids. And Redskins fans like to talk about the future of Kirk Cousins.

It's a topic that will be discussed a lot over the coming months, and it's one that likely won't be settled for a while either. But during his weekly radio appearance on 106.7's Grant & Danny show on Monday, the quarterback provided a little more clarity in terms of how he feels about the franchise he's spent his whole career with so far.

"I do feel believed in here," he said. "This organization, they put their necks on the line for me at the start of the season, and so that says a lot right there. We’ll go from there and see where things play out."

As of now, there seems to be three routes the team can take with the 27-year-old: Part ways with him (though that seems incredibly, incredibly unlikely), place the franchise tag on him, or give him a long-term deal. In the past, many players have taken issue with option No. 2, saying that it's a sign of disrespect. Cousins, however, certainly doesn't feel that way.

"I'll be happy either way," he said when asked if he'd prefer a comfortable, multi-year contract over the one-year tag. He acknowledged that the "peace of mind" that comes with the former is certainly nice to have, but it's not something he's totally set on. "Why wouldn't you like that?" he wondered, referring to the high salary that comes with being franchised.

For those hoping #8 stays in the Burgundy and Gold for many seasons to come, this should give you hope: Cousins noted how important it is for a passer's growth to stay in the same system for an extended period of time. And obviously, if he leaves, he'd have to start over.

"When you look at Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, these guys have played in the same system," he said. "I think it does go a long ways. That counts for something.”

How much it counts in his mind remains to be seen. With that being said, it feels like there's a lot of interest from both sides in coming to an agreement, and why not? Cousins delivered a career year in 2015, and will in all likelihood be compensated fairly for it by the franchise he delivered it to.


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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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