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What a Redskins-Cousins long-term contract might look like

What a Redskins-Cousins long-term contract might look like

We hear a lot of numbers being thrown around regarding a possible contract agreement between the Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins. The top line numbers are important. According to a report the Redskins are offering $20 million per season and the Cousins camp, which has most of the leverage, wants close to $24 million.

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But the details of a deal are at least as important as the average annual value. The sports contracts website Spotrac has worked out a contract that will satisfy what Cousins may be looking for in terms of compensation while giving the Redskins a deal that will leave them with enough money to keep the rest of the team stocked with talent.

Here is their estimate of what ak five-year Cousins deal at $23.6 million per year ($118 million total) might look like:

(Go here for an expanded view of this graphic via Spotrac)

The contract would have $27 million fully guaranteed at signing. That seems low since when Cousins signs the franchise tage he will be fully guaranteed $24 million but we’ll look at that in a minute. Cousins would get a $15 million signing bonus along with a $12 million fully guaranteed salary. The first-year cap hit would be $15 million, saving the team nearly $9 million in 2017 cap space. As it is, all of Cousins’ $23.94 million franchise tag salary counts against the 2017 cap.

Year 1 likely would be acceptable to Cousins. But what happens after that probably would not work for him — but is not difficult to correct it. Cousins would get a salary of $18 million but the team could avoid that by releasing him prior to March. Their cap hit for walking away after one season would be $12 million. That would sting but it would be manageable.

It is unlikely that the Redskins will get Mike McCartney, Cousins’ agent, to agree to such an easy exit. And letting Cousins go after two seasons would cost only $9 million. That makes it too easy for the team to make it a short-term deal.

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The problem could be fixed by fully guaranteeing all of Cousins’ 2018 salary at signing. That would keep the cap hit the same at $21 million while increasing the fully guaranteed money to $45 million. If that’s not enough for the Cousins camp they could guarantee all or part of the 2019 salary and bring the full guarantee as high as $66 million. That is a fairly low risk guarantee for the Redskins; if they aren’t going to stick with him for at least three years they probably should just let him walk after this season.

The cap numbers go up every year but so does the cap. Here are the yearly percentages of the projected salary cap that this deal would consume:

2017: 8.9%
2018: 11.8%
2019: 12.6%
2020: 13%
2021: 12.3%

The percentage does increase as the contract goes on. If this is a concern they could take more of it on in 2017 by increasing the first-year salary or by adding a roster bonus that would count against this year’s cap.

It’s still a lot of money to be going to one player. But alternatives are scarce and that scarcity manifests itself in terms of big dollars for a quarterback without a playoff win on his resume.

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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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