Redskins Mum About QB Kirk Cousins' Future With Squad
The Washington Redskins are unsure about quarterback Kirk Cousins' future with the team. The Redskins earlier expressed interest in signing Cousins to a long-term deal but coach Jay Gruden is singing a different tune in a recent media interview.
"My approach, really: I'm not gonna be concerned about it," Gruden told The Washington Post when asked about Cousins' future with the Redskins. "I know he's gonna be here this season, and that's all I care about."
While he wants to sign Cousins to a long-term deal, Gruden emphasized that he's focused on the upcoming season. "He has got two good years under his belt in our system, and I think it's gonna be very good for him. You're gonna see major growth from him again," Gruden said.
For the second straight season, the Redskins used the exclusive-rights franchise tender worth $23.41 million on Cousins. Last season, the quarterback earned almost $20 million from the franchise tag. He is set to earn more than $34 million if the Redskins will use the franchise tag on him in 2018.
Cousins earned the distinction of being the first quarterback in NFL history to get the franchise tag in consecutive seasons. He is also only the third quarterback to be tagged twice in their career, together with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees,
According to a separate report by the Washington Post, Cousins can command a four- to five-year deal worth between $90 to $110 million, including $50-$60 million in guaranteed money.
Team owner Bruce Allen said the team has had some discussions with Cousins' camp, hoping they could reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline, per a report by NFL.com.
In his first year as starter with the Redskins, Cousins threw for 4,166 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as he led the Redskins to the NFC East title.
Last season, the 28-year-old Cousin tallied 4,917 passing yards and 25 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He finished the season with a 97.2 quarterback rating and made it to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. However, the Redskins missed the postseason with an 8-7-1 mark.
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