The Washington Redskins didn’t sign Kirk Cousins this year to a long-term contract extension as General Manager Scot McCloughan doubts his ability to be a premiere QB.
These comments made by Scot earlier this year is gonna be revisited as Kirk Cousins is now on track to being one of the highest paid QBs in the league:
Like I said, it’s part of the business that I don’t like at all, just because you want to take care of your own no matter what. And there’s a reason why you do franchise them, because you respect their talent and their abilities. But the market’s the market, and some teams will do certain things that throw the market off, so then you’ve got to step back and say, ‘Okay, who do we have next year? (Are) there three to five to seven guys that we want to extend prior to the last year of their deal, or do we want to go after one and know we’re going to lose three or four next year?’
“o it’s a fine line, and like I said, it’s tough, but that’s why we do this. It’s the market. The NFL’s a phenomenal, phenomenal entity, and the money’s incredible. But the way I look at it is I want Kirk in a long-term deal, no doubt about it, but also I’m not gonna put our franchise in a situation where we’re gonna lose three or four younger guys that I think are gonna be good football players for one guy. I won’t do it. You know, that’s just how it is.”
Fast forward, Kirk Cousins has now the highest passer rating in the league, had a franchise record of 41 completions in a single game and is second for most passing yards (449). The rest of his stats include 70.1 percent pass completion at 8.4 yards per attempt for a 43:10 TD-to-INT ratio and a sterling 108.8 passer rating in 21 games.
Now the strenght of negotiations is in Kirks’ hands and Scot will have his hands full on the next negotiations. Kirk is likely to lead the Redskins in back to back post-season appearance, first in the last 22 years.
Starting negotiations for Kirk would be around $23 million dollars, a price that Scot should be prepared to pay else he would need to shop around for a new QB and make a few steps backwards.