by Neil Dalal, special to Breaking Burgundy
Soon enough, the primary focus surounding the quarterback will resume. Where does Cousins play next season and possibly beyond.
The former fourth-round pick's contract is up after four quick years, Washington is going to have to hammer out a contract to officially make the Michigan State quarterback the face of the franchise. There is little doubt that Cousins will be wearing the Burgundy and Gold next year because of the team’s ability to place the one-year franchise tag on the one time backup before he hits free agency.
General manager Scot McCloughan said he would like to get a long-contract done rather than implementing the franchise tag, but acknowledges that it is still an option. This week team president Bruce Allen said “we’ve had discussions with his representative," during an interview with ESPN 980s Chris Cooley.
“Kirk wants to be a Washington Redskins and we Kirk to be a Washington Redskin” Allen said frankly.
Cousins’ status as a member of the Skins has developed over the years. What hasn't changed? The franchise’s belief in him even when he backed up Robert Griffin III, even as rumors suggested otherwise.
“We didn’t want to trade him, we saw talent” revealed Allen.
Then during the middle of the preseason, head coach Jay Gruden, with the input of assistants taken into account, made the decision to start Cousins in Week 1. For the first time in his career, Cousins had a real opportunity to consistently start in the NFL and he stated throughout the year that there was something powerful about being believed in.
Maybe it is time for the Redskins to believe in him one more time by making him a long-term offer that he cannot refuse. It will not be a quick process as things like guaranteed money and length of the contract will be negotiated. If you want Cousins around, don't fret and buy Allen's take. "It will work itself out."
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