Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 20, 37 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor was born on this day in 1989.
The Redskins last played a game 170 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 82 days.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 27
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 51
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 74
Are things looking up for a Cousins deal?
Four weeks from today, the Redskins will either have Kirk Cousins locked up for the next several seasons or they will be in real danger of losing him as a free agent in 2018.
While I haven’t conducted a poll, I think that most of us who cover the Redskins on a regular basis don’t believe that a deal will get done before the July 17 deadline. On our last #RedskinsTalk podcast I put the chance of a Cousins extension by the deadline at 15 percent. Again, no poll has been done but I’d say my guess is somewhat on the optimistic side of average among those of us on the Redskins beat.
You’ve all heard it. Too much bad blood over last year’s lowball offer. Cousins is wary of organizational stability. He wants to hit the jackpot as a free agent quarterback next year. A reunion with Kyle Shanahan is the one and only thing he wants.
And although all those factors may still be in play, one national NFL analyst thinks that a Cousins extension is a slam dunk, if you consider a four in five chance to be a slam dunk, anyway.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has long been bullish on a Cousins deal getting done this year and now that the deadline is approaching he has not changed his stance. He says that there is an 80 percent chance of a Cousins extension by July 15. That’s bold.
His logic is simple—there is too much for the Redskins to lose.
The Redskins can’t afford to go back to the well at the quarterback position. Years of churning through quarterbacks pushed them to make the big trade for Robert Griffin III. They can’t risk another big deal for a quarterback. Cousins may not be a Hall of Fame caliber QB but he can win some games for them. They have him, they need to keep him.
They can't go back to the abyss. For as much as Cousins can reasonably talk about $25M a year, he and his representatives are smart, savvy people, and if it ends up being $23M a year and four seasons are in essence guaranteed by the salary structure, that's a major win for the former fourth round pick. I don't see this falling apart. There's just too much at stake for both sides.
I’ll add that there also is incentive on Cousins’ side to settle down in Washington. Last week, he talked about being burned out from preparing too hard by the time the season opener rolled around last year. And he was headed into his third year in Jay Gruden’s offense. If he goes elsewhere, he would be starting over in a new offense. He would be back to full-time intense preparation. Cousins will be 30 in 2018 with a young child and he might not want to start from scratch.
That said, I still think that La Canfora’s odds are too high. I get the Redskins’ incentive to get it done but I’m not sure that $23 million per year will get it done. But if you are looking for reasons for optimism, there you go.
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Dan Snyder on today Supreme Court ruling: "I am THRILLED! Hail to the Redskins."— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) June 19, 2017
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