Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins met with reporters following Wednesday's OTA session, The obvious question was asked, the one about his lingering and seemingly never-
“Deadlines do deals," he said.
The two sides have until July 15 to agree on a contract or, for the second year in a row, Cousins plays under the terms of he franchise tag. That's good money for the QB -- $23.94 million in 2017 -- but doesn't offer any long-term promise. It also means he would technically become a free agent again next year.
"Why would something happen way before a deadline? It just doesn't make sense,” Cousins said. “I’m not in a hurry, they’re not in a hurry, so we’ll just see how things go, I’m being patient."
While contract talks seemed to slow down last summer after Cousins was given the franchise tag the first time, this summer it seems those discussions between Cousins and the Redskins have gone further.
“I don’t know if it’s been different, I just think it’s been good communication,” Cousins said on his contract negotiations this year as opposed to last. “Just keeping the lines of communication open.”
Cousins has thrown for 9,083 yards, 54 touchdowns and 23 interceptions on 7.9 yards per attempt over the last two seasons. The Redskins passing offense ranked second in terms of yards per game last season (297), a step up from being 11th in 2015 (256).
Cousins was not only focused on getting himself paid when he threw for a career-high 4,917 passing yards. The veteran said he was happy seeing receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon get paid in free agency, even though it meant they had to leave Washington.
“I take pride in seeing guys that I played with get paid well in this league. I think it’s a reflection that our offense was able to help them succeed, and so that was an important thing for me, even last training camp,” Cousins said. “I wanted to make sure that when training camp comes around this past year, whether it was DeSean, or Pierre or Vernon (Davis) or whoever, that these guys get a contract that pays them well because it means we helped them have success. I was thrilled from that standpoint.
“It’s a reality of the NFL, we’re constantly dealing with that,” Cousins said in regards to them leaving the team. “You have a good year and you go back to the drawing board.”
Other changes occurred with the coaching staff. Now that former Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay is the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Jay Gruden is calling the plays.
“I’ve enjoyed being that much closer to Jay and hearing (things) from his perspective,” Cousins said. “The game comes naturally to him, he understands it really well…I look forward to seeing the game even more from his perspective being that he’s going to be so involved this year in the play calling and game plan design.”
Adjusting with Gruden and to new receivers, workouts and contract negotiations
"Lots to look forward to right now," Cousins stated. "I’m in a good place.”