We get it. The Washington Redskins just weren't ready to dole out the guaranteed dollars quarterback Kirk Cousins desired. That could be and perhaps likely will become viewed as a short-sided approach considering the overall landscape (QB salaries and scarcity). Based on Cousins' limited experience as a starter at 27, it's a justifiable position.
Insanely offering him dollars that come nowhere near any realistic market value is not. According to the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Redskins chose that WTH path.
As a reminder, the Redskins offered Cousins the franchise tag back in March, which he signed after rewriting the franchise record book during the 2015 season. That ensured a 2016 salary just shy of $20 million, a notch above the $18 million per year salary of Houston's Brock Osweiler, who became a big winner in free agency despite a thin resume. Keep Osweiler's number in mind when reading the following tweet.
For anybody reading this, $16 million per season and $24 million in guaranteed money is some sweet action. For NFL quarterbacks who led their team to a division title and the entire league in completion percentage the previous season, that offer is insulting.
There are times when stating a team must follow market values doesn't work. This isn't one of those times.
Not when there aren't enough viable starting quarterbacks in the league.
Not when there isn't a clear long-term Plan B -- sorry, Nate Sudfeld -- should Cousins walk.
Not when Sam Bradford, coming off a middling season at best, received at least $18 million in guaranteed money this offseason.
Not when Cousins appears just fine becoming the first quarterback since Drew Brees in 2005 to play a season on the franchise tag.
Now comes the fun and by fun I mean hell. Starting in training camp and lasting until the season's final snap, get ready for the dissection of very interception and every missed third-down pass.
Granted, without a new deal, that was happening regardless. Tension between both sides wasn't happening regardless. If the lowball report is true, decent chance the relationship becomes strained.
Irreconcilable? Nah. Winning and money cures most. The Redskins still can slap the franchise tag on Cousins next season. He can still sign it for a yearly salary of around $24 million.
That doesn't mean he will. Winning and money cures most, but it doesn't erase memories. If the Redskins truly offered Cousins so little, it will be hard for the quarterback to forget such a major slight.
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