Kirk Cousins says he’s ‘very content’ with situation with Redskins
Kirk Cousins, as it stands right now, will earn $19.95 million to play for the Washington Redskins next season. And despite the hefty salary coming with some semblance of long-term uncertainty, Cousins insists he’s quite satisfied with the situation.
“I’m very content in the situation I’m in, and love the opportunity to prove myself again next season,” Cousins told ESPN’s Jim Trotter earlier this week at the NFLPA meetings, via D.C. Sports Bog. “I feel like it’s only fair, if that’s what’s asked of me, to go out and prove that I ought to be a starting quarterback. And that’s okay with me.”
After being unable to work out a long-term deal with Cousins, the Redskins applied the franchise tag upon their quarterback which resulted in the nearly $20 million salary. The team has insisted that it intends to continue negotiating with Cousins with the belief that a long-term deal could be agreed upon prior to the July 15 deadline.
Regardless of how things play out, Cousins said he has “never played football thinking about money” and doesn’t plan on doing so in the future, nor will he approach this season any differently if he plays under the franchise tag instead of long-term security.
“You know, I don’t want to be thinking about individual accomplishments or awards that would boost my salary or up my numbers,” he said. “I just want to go out and play football and try to win games. So I think discussions are always ongoing, and they’re never really finished. It’s a process, and I think much like preparing for a football game is a process, negotiations often work that way. But I’m not too worried about it.”
Cousins admirably handled the situation surrounding his ascension to the starting quarterback role during the preseason after Robert Griffin III was benched by the team. And then he demonstrated that he’s more than just a capable quarterback, handling the scrutiny off the field while posting great numbers on it. All told, Cousins completed 69.9 percent of his passes with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, good for 101.6 QB rating, while leading the Redskins to an NFC East title and a 9-7 record.
If Cousins and the Redskins can’t work out a deal and the quarterback can replicate his performance last season in 2016, it goes without saying he’ll set himself up for an even better payday in 2017 and beyond.
Suffice to say, to echo Cousins, “You like that”, indeed.