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.
If the Redskins, however, offer Cousins the massive multiyear deal he wants, maybe that soothes feelings enough. Money can do that. I hear.— Jason Reid (@JReidESPN) February 17, 2017
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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