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.