The Washington Redskins are off this week and therefore we dialed back the words produced on this end just a bit this week. That doesn't mean the talk slowed. Quite the opposite actually.
* To pay or not pay Kirk Cousins, that is the question and one I got into during a fun discussion Thursday with ESPN980 radio hosts Tim Murray and Nick Ashooh. This topic isn't going away in part because from game-to-game, drive-to-drive, play-to-play he can look like a Pro Bowler or a head-scratching option. Also, both sides of the Cousins debate have legit points
He's not worth the $25 million franchise tag, the projected cost for 2017's version, or comparable money over a long-term deal? Cool. Then what? The free agent class is yikes and the rookie class isn't appealing. Also, Cousins currently ranks fourth in passing yards per game and seventh in completion percentage one year after rewriting the Redskins record books. That's good, right? Yes, the red-zone issues are an issue, but maybe that's on the play-calling. Or not.
Sign Cousins? Cool. Now you've avoided having massive uncertainty at the most important of positions, but does this mean true Super Bowl contention or just good enough to be good enough? Look at the last 13-15 SB winning quarterbacks. That's basically a list of Hall of Famers while the exceptions -- and Peyton Manning last year -- were supported by a top shelf defense. The Redskins don't have that and they would be hard pressed to boost that unit if half of their cap space goes to one player.
They will also have plenty other of their own free agents to re-sign or replace. There's a lot more money to do just that if Redskins follow the Broncos plan of going cost-effective at QB so they can spend heavy elsewhere.
Put me in the pro-Cousins camp, but there are reasons for skepticism when it comes to thinking the Redskins are all in for No. 8.
* I went on TV shortly after news broke that Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams would miss the next four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Thanks to Erin Hawksworth and News Channel 8 for the invite.
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