Kirk Cousins on Redskins: ‘We’re all in a good place right now’
Kirk Cousins of course will play for the Washington Redskins under the franchise tag for the second time in as many seasons. Despite the uncertain future — not to mention rumblings this past offseason of a rift between involved parties — Cousins insists he and the Redskins are “in a good place right now.”
Cousins addressed playing consecutive seasons on one-year deals on Thursday as Washington opened camp.
“I feel good. I’m ready to go,” Cousins said, via ESPN. “I’ve been feeling good the last several weeks, and we’ve done a good job communicating between myself and the team. We’re all on the same page. We’re all in a good place right now. We’ve got enough to worry about trying to get our offense playing at the level it’s going to need to have a great season so that I can be back in future years.”
Cousins is slated to earn just under $24 million this season under the terms of the tag after he and team failed to reach a long-term deal by the July 17 deadline. It’s not surprising that Cousins craves that long-term security. Whether that happens with the Redskins is unclear. So, Cousins insists he’ll only focus on things he can control.
“If you win football games, everything else takes care of itself, and that’s a beautiful thing,” Cousins said. “If you do that there is going to be plenty of opportunities down the road. So my focus never really has to change from that standpoint.”
That said, Cousins admitted familiarity with the situation that he’s facing once again this season.
“Every year you never had it mapped out,” Cousins said. “So to be in that role now may feel different, but it really doesn’t to me because that’s been my story all along, and I’ve just learned that’s the way life is. Maybe that’s the way the Lord wants it to be for me, and I’m OK with that. It’s a healthy place for me to be. It’s worked in the past and hopefully it can work going forward.”
And come next offseason? Suffice to say, anything’s possible.