NFL News: Kirk Cousins Downplays Trade Rumors, Claims He Wants to Stay With Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is the subject of trade rumors in the past weeks. Reports have it that the Cleveland Browns plan to trade the No. 1 overall pick to the Redskins for Cousins while the San Francisco 49ers are eyeing him to fill their starting quarterback position.
Cousins, in an interview with Peter King of The MMQB, downplayed these rumors, saying he expects to remain with the Redskins after the 2017 NFL Draft. The quarterback said the Redskins have already expressed intention of keeping him for the long haul despite using the franchise tag on him for the second straight season.
"I want to be where I'm wanted, and that's what I've said all along," Cousins said. "When a team is willing to step up and commit to me fully for the long haul, then why would I want to be anywhere else?"
Cousins added that he wants to help restore the franchise's glory days in the 1980s and the early 90s. "I want to add to that great history. There's really no reason to want to look elsewhere," said Cousins.
Redskins president Bruce Allen earlier expressed his desire to sign quarterback Cousins to a long-term contract. The Redskins used an exclusive-rights franchise tender worth $23.41 million on Cousins, who signed the tag earlier this month.
In a report by NFL.com, Allen said the organization is 100 percent in its desire to sign Cousins to a long-term pact. The Redskins have used the franchise tag on Cousins for a second straight year. The Washington Post reported that Cousins can command a four- to five-year deal worth between $90 to $110 million, including $50-$60 million in guaranteed money.
Allen said the Redskins have had some discussions with Cousins' camp, hoping they could reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline. If the Redskins use the franchise tag on Cousins next season, he will earn upwards of $34 million in guaranteed money.
Instead of taking Mitch Trubisky as the No. 1 overall pick, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk suggested that the Browns trade the selection to the Redskins for Cousins. Florio said choosing Trubisky, who had one year experience as starter under his belt, is risky and costly.
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