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As most NFL fans know, the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins have yet to agree on a long term deal. Cousins led the Redskins to a combined 17-14-1 record over the past two full seasons, the best two year standard the franchise has seen in 20 years. Washington won the NFC East title in 2015 and were one game away from qualifying for postseason play in 2016. Cousins has statistically been the Redskins’ best quarterback in their franchise history, passing for 9,083 yards, 54 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He was also named to the Pro Bowl in 2016.
That wasn’t enough, as Cousins is playing under the franchise tag of almost $24 million for 2017 after playing under the franchise tag for $19 million in 2016. Cousins is using his 2017 season to make a strong case for Washington to pull the trigger and sign him long term. Cousins’ stats are stellar this season, throwing for 1,900 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. That suggests that Cousins is the solution for the Redskins at quarterback.
Cousins’ stats haven’t dictated real success for Washington, whose resides in third place in the NFC East with a 3-4 record. The Redskins’ latest game saw Cousins commit two turnovers against the Dallas Cowboys, the last an interception that was returned for a touchdown while trying to lead Washington to a game tying score. Instead, the Cowboys won the game 33-19, raising doubts about Cousins’ ability to be clutch during critical games.
Washington’s next game will be against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9. The Seahawks boasts one of the NFL’s best defenses. It also features one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in Russell Wilson, who led Seattle to a Super Bowl title after the 2013 season. Wilson’s resume dwarfs Cousins’ by a long shot, yet Cousins could get a long term deal more lucrative that Wilson currently has.
That raises a seldom asked question regarding a long term deal for Cousins: what exactly does Redskins’ management need to see in 2017 to give Cousins that long term deal? There have been many theories supporting and not supporting a long term deal for Cousins. The one man who could end all the speculation would be Redskins’ team president Bruce Allen. He could sign Cousins right now if he wanted to. Then again, he could have signed Cousins two years ago. For now, Cousins and his teammates need to focus on somehow beating the Seahawks to even their record at 4-4. After that, everything else will take care of itself.