Expect reports to continue to emerge regarding Kirk Cousins and his contract negotiations with the Washington Redskins. In the last few days, it's been said that the Redskins will franchise tag Cousins, that the Redskins will transition tag Cousins, and that the Redskins might even trade Cousins.
None of those reports have come true, yet, but a new report suggests why Cousins hasn't signed with Washington.
While $12.5 million a year sounds incredible to regular folks, that's a lowball offer to an elite NFL quarterback, which is what Cousins expects to be paid like. Especially considering Cousins stands to make at least $17 million playing under the transition tag or nearly $20 million on the franchise tag. Yes, those deals are one-year guarantees, so perhaps a player would take less for long-term security, but not by that much.
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Remember, Cousins' management will argue that their client be paid like a Top 10 QB. He produced on that level in the second half of the 2015 season as the 'Skins won the NFC East and Cousins broke most team passing records. This contract is about potential, not the numbers compiled in a four-year career, when Cousins often didn't play.
Consider Chicago's Jay Cutler makes $18 million a year and Kansas City's Alex Smith brings in $17 million per season, and it's unlikely to think Cousins will take an agreement that doesn't approach those annual numbers. But it's also smart for the Redskins to begin the contract talks at a low number and slowly work their way up.
Like the famous line in The Godfather, Redskins fans need to remember that this isn't personal, it's just business.
NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.
Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.
“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”
The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”
“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”
Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.
“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.
In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.
It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.
Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?
Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.
The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.
So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?
And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards.
How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?