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Report: Kirk Cousins doesn't want long-term deal with Redskins, wants tag

Report: Kirk Cousins doesn't want long-term deal with Redskins, wants tag

Conversations around the Redskins these days center on the team's willingness to pay up on a long-term deal for quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Much of the talk questions if the Redskins are willing to pay top dollar for Cousins' services, but Thursday, ESPN's Jason Reid reported a different layer to the free agency impasse: What if Cousins doesn't want to be in D.C. long-term?

Reid previously covered the 'Skins for The Washington Post before becoming a columnist for the paper, and continued to talk about the Cousins situation on his Twitter feed.

Among some interesting nuggets, Reid dropped that Kyle Shanahan is a 'true believer' in Cousins. Of course, Shanahan was part of the Washington organzation when Cousins was drafted, and more importantly, is now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

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It's important to note that despite saying Cousins does not want a long-term deal with the Redskins, and his preference for the tag and to eventually hit free agency, Reid also said that a big offer from Washington could change all that.

There's plenty to digest from the series of tweets, though like most things in the universe, eventually money will be what matters. In hindsight, of course Cousins would want the franchise tag last season, when the 'Skins multi-year deal was worth just a fraction more than the one-year, fully guaranteed $20 million deal. This year, it would be no shock for Cousins to want the tag again, as it brings with it a guaranteed $24 million windfall as well as the likely opportunity for free agency in 2018. 

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Check out how SWEET the new, numbered Washington Football Team helmets look

Check out how SWEET the new, numbered Washington Football Team helmets look

If you're unhappy or, at the very least, not feeling the Washington Football Team's temporary name, that's fine. Completely understandable, in fact.

After all, no one else in the major sports leagues goes by something that bland. LeBron James, for example, plays for the Lakers, not the Los Angeles Basketball Team. Juan Soto stars (and dances) for the Washington Nationals, not the Washington Baseball Club.  

Therefore, any Burgundy and Gold supporter who's desperate for 2020 to end so they can refer to their organization by a true name, instead of a stopgap one, can be forgiven.

However, those same people need to realize that they've recently been given a gift from the swag Gods, one that should help them cope with the upcoming season. And thanks to a video and some pictures from the WFT that were released on Wednesday, it can now be fully appreciated.

So, what's the gift? The squad's new, numbered helmets.

They were somewhat visible in the mock-up uniforms that were released a few weeks ago, but in the below posts, they're full-on visible and SO BEAUTIFUL:

 

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Gone is Washington's old logo, as well as the stripe that ran down the middle. Each player's individual number will take their place, standing out on both sides in simple yet pleasing gold font.

That's all the analysis that needs to happen here, though. They're simply gorgeous. They're perfect. They're beyond perfect. They're wonderful. They're *sighs, shakes head slightly and just smiles*.

In fact, stop reading these sentences that are just repeating the same thing over and over and go back to staring at the helmets. That's a much more efficient use of your time. 

.................Man. They're perfect.

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Chase Young has 'that vibe' and 'doesn't seem like a rookie,' according to Kendall Fuller

Chase Young has 'that vibe' and 'doesn't seem like a rookie,' according to Kendall Fuller

Kendall Fuller isn't the most seasoned vet in the NFL, but with four years of experience in the league, he's been around plenty of young guys by now. And thanks to the Super Bowl-winning roster he was a part of with the Chiefs, Fuller's also competed alongside some of the sport's most talented athletes.

So when he implies that he's already sensing something special in Chase Young — even though the two haven't interacted much up to this point on the Washington Football Team — it's notable.

"He just kind of has that... just that vibe when you walk by him," Fuller said on a Wednesday Zoom call with reporters, pausing to make sure he landed on the right descriptor. "He doesn't seem like a rookie. He seems like a professional. He's hungry. He wants to work."

Fuller explained that, on his walk to do his presser with the media, he noticed Young "getting in a couple of sprints" for some extra work. That kind of "professional" approach should serve him well as he looks to make his mark in the pros.

"Being the No. 2 pick, seems like he's not even thinking about that," Fuller said. "He's just thinking about being the best player he can be on Sundays."

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Because Washington hasn't had the chance to really initiate any normal football practices yet, Young hasn't gotten to fully unleash his physical skills in front of his teammates and coaches. He's still finding a way to shine, though, as Fuller indicated.

Defensive line coach Sam Mills III had a take similar to the cornerback's.

"The young man is determined," Mills III said Monday. "You can tell he's been studying. ... I'm excited about his future and I'm excited about how fast he's picking everything up."

Thanks to the name issue, the pandemic and all the other distractions from this offseason, the attention on the possible franchise-changer has somewhat died down. But if he's already standing out this much before he's even chased after an opposing quarterback, just wait until he begins showcasing that particular and rare ability.

That is when all the attention on Young will rightly return, and then it should only continue to grow from there.

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