Kirk Cousins ‘in a real good place right now’ heading into 2017 season
Kirk Cousins’ offseason so far hasn’t gone exactly as he had hoped. Despite the modest disappointment though, the Washington Redskins quarterback insists he’s “in a real good place right now” heading into the 2017 NFL season.
Coming off a season playing under the franchise tag for the Washington Redskins, the 28-year-old signal-caller was hoping to come to terms on a long-term deal. But the coveted contract never came to fruition and Cousins will once again play under the franchise tag in 2017.
Instead of sulking, though — at least publicly — Cousins insists on staying focused on the present.
“I like Coach Jay Gruden’s quote [on Monday] where he said, ‘I’m not really worried about it because we got him for this year and that’s really all that matters,’” said Cousins on “Redskins Nation” this week, via the team’s official site. “That’s the way I’ve always felt. There are so many guys on this team on one-year deals. Even if it says it’s a three or four-year contract, really the only guarantees are this year.”
The impasse on hammering out a a long-term deal fueled rumors of Cousins’ unhappiness with the organization and reports he wanted to be traded. This led to speculation that perhaps it would lead to a reunion with Kyle Shanahan, the San Francisco 49ers head coach who formerly served as his offensive coordinator with the Redskins. Rumored trade discussions with the Cleveland Browns also surfaced.
But neither scenario ever played out. And now Cousins seems resolved to focus on the now and let the future take care of itself down the road.
“Many of us are playing on one-year deals,” Cousins said. “I’m not the only one and we’re not going to have careers if we don’t have a great year this year, so we all don’t look much further than this season.”
It certainly should help Cousins’ mindset that he earned nearly $20 million last season and is set to make almost $24 million in 2017. While long-term security obviously would be nice, those kind of annual salaries can’t be ignored, either.