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Scot McCloughan hints at one possible hold up in Kirk Cousins contract talks

Scot McCloughan hints at one possible hold up in Kirk Cousins contract talks

Scot McCloughan spoke at length for the first time since his departure from the Redskins, joining 106.7 the Fan's Grant and Danny show, and in the process perhaps shed some light on the ongoing contract talks between the organization and Kirk Cousins. 

The situation with Washington and Cousins is well known: The team has placed the franchise tag on their passer for a second straight season. Long-term contract talks seem largely stalled, as team and player have not come particularly close on a multi-year value.

McCloughan explained that the team and coaches all like Cousins, and there isn't a question of talent. The odd part in his comments came when the former 'Skins GM talked about Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney.

"[Cousins is] going to make a lot of money this year and he's earned it for what he's done the last two years. It's a big business," McCloughan said (click here for full audio). "The agent's got to be understandable that they're involved in it too. It's not just us and the player, the agent has to be able to understand, well ok, 'I can make this, if you don't tender him, I can make this for the next five years for him.' It just didn't work out."

Hearing McCloughan specifically invoke the agent carries some weight. Remember during the 2016 negotiations reports showed that communication between the team and Cousins' representatives had completely broken down in spots. Earlier this year, speaking during the NFL Combine, McCartney said he was working hard to maintain a positive dialogue with the Redskins.

To be clear, an agent's job is to maximize money for their clients. NFL management doesn't always appreciate that approach, but it doesn't mean an agent is doing anything wrong. 

It's also logical to infer that the Redskins organization does not agree with the premise that the franchise tag should set the annual salary value for a long-term Cousins deal. Cousins' representatives would obviously feel the opposite. Not to suggest one side is right or wrong, but the reported offers from the 'Skins to Cousins have not approached the full franchise tag dollar figure in average annual value. 

McCloughan did not waiver, however, on his assesment of Cousins as QB. 

"I hope they do get a long-term deal done because I'm telling you he's high character, he's a good football player, he's smart, he's a good teammate, he's got leadership qualities," McCloughan said. "I've been around Brett Favres, I've been around Russell Wilsons, I've been around Matt Hasselbecks. Those are the characteristics that stand out, becuase you know he's got talent. He's got arm talent and you know he can move around and make plays with his feet."

Of the lack of a multi-year contract, McCloughan didn't take the blame, but he didn't pass it off either.

"It's too bad it didn't happen but that was an organizational thing."

Previously, McCloughan has said that teams need to be wary of overpaying at quarterback, and he didn't back off that notion either.

"The market is so high," he said. "If you're overpaying the quarterback, you're going to lose an offensive lineman, you're going to lose a defensive lineman, you're going to lose a corner."

In the end, McCloughan seemed resigned to the same belief that many Redskins fans have of their quarterback.

"He's going to be successful, here or somewhere else."

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How new Redskins QB Kyle Allen is improving by spending his time inside with Josh Allen and Sam Darnold

How new Redskins QB Kyle Allen is improving by spending his time inside with Josh Allen and Sam Darnold

When Kyle Allen set out for California on Feb. 1, he was prepared to embark on his normal offseason routine which consists of workouts with fellow NFL quarterbacks Josh Allen, of the Buffalo Bills, and Sam Darnold, of the New York Jets.

What he couldn't predict was that two months from then, he'd be a member of the Redskins while spending all of his waking moments with his workout partners, playing card games and working out in the garage.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the three passers, like many others, have had to adapt to the new conditions that require one to spend almost all their time inside. Though some may imagine that the life of an NFL quarterback is different than others, it really isn't.

“It's pretty boring right now, I’m going to be honest with you. This morning we woke up, threw around, just got done working out, it’s about one o’clock, and we have the rest of the day with absolutely nothing to do," Allen, who currently lives with Josh Allen and is about 15 minutes or so from Sam Darnold, told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday. "So we play a ton of gin, we watch movies, play Call Of Duty, and we get super bored. That’s about it." 

NFL players, they're just like us.

However, this situation hasn't stopped Allen and company from continuing to get in work in what is a big offseason for all three. Darnold and Josh Allen will enter 2020 with bigger expectations in their third year as starters, while Washington's newest passer has a chance to compete with Dwayne Haskins after getting some game experience in 2019.

“That’s why we like to come out here and train with each other too, because they are kind of going through the same thing," Allen said. "There's a bunch of things I'm working on from last season, there are things Sam's working on, things Josh is working on, and some things from everybody."

Like many others, that work is being done in a home gym. Equipment was moved to a neighbors garage where the three are able to lift weights and train, all while still practicing social distancing guidelines.

The group also watches films, just not the Netflix and Hulu kind.

"We have film night at our houses and break down film and just talk through a bunch of things, get everyone’s point-of-view," Allen said.

With OTAs and other team events indefinitely suspended, there is no timetable for when Allen will get a chance to work with his new teammates. Until then, though he may be bored at times, he understands he still has the opportunity to work on his craft with a pair of pretty good training partners.

Not much has changed. It's just been a little harder to find places to throw, a little harder to find places to work out," Allen said. "But it's been good, we've been getting good work in and trying to adapt to all this like everyone else is.”

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Watch Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan push a large vehicle as part of his workout

Watch Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan push a large vehicle as part of his workout

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan hasn't let current circumstances stop him from staying on top of his training, if a video that his wife, Jessica, added Tuesday to social media is any indication.

In the video posted to Jessica's Instagram story, Ryan is pushing what appears to be a large automobile, with ease. 

Jessica, who is recording him while sitting comfortably inside the vehicle, added Salt-N-Pepa's hit song "Push It" as the fitting background music.

Athletes continue to find creative ways to stay in shape and work out during the coronavirus pandemic. It seems Washington's nine-year veteran has found his own unique way to stay in shape.

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