If there was any doubt that Kirk Cousins no longer wants to play for the Redskins, this might remove it.
Kirk Cousins appealed personally to owner Dan Snyder for a trade but was basically told not to get his hopes up, per sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 9, 2017
Cousins is tied to the Redskins for this year with his $24 million franchise tag salary. Although he has indicated in the past that he would be willing to play out the year on the tag, it appears that something has happened to change his mind.
The fact that he went to the owner to try to get dealt might point to a reason that he might be frustrated. Normally a player would take up such a request with the general manager but with Scot McCloughan currently in limbo that probably would not have done much good.
A couple of minutes later, this came in from Mortenson’s ESPN colleague:
To date, Redskins have shown zero inclination to trade Kirk Cousins and continue to insist they will not.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
This could be a negotiating stance by the Redskins, making the 49ers think they won’t even listen unless it’s an offer that’s too good to turn down. At the same time, they are going to have to come up considerably from their last reported offer to Cousins, which was in the vicinity of $20 million per year. Most in the league believe that it will take an offer in the neighborhood of $24 million per year to get a deal done.
That is, if Cousins will sign a deal with the Redskins at all, for any amount.