WASHINGTON — WWE superstar Luke Harper is a huge fan of the Washington Redskins.
Last August, Harper sided with many Redskins fans in hoping Robert Griffin III would be granted another opportunity to prove himself as the team’s starter. Griffin never got it. Kirk Cousins was named the starter and went on to lead Washington to the playoffs as surprise NFC East champions.
Considering the high volume of attention that post received, let’s check in with Harper to see how he’s feeling about Washington’s chances in 2016.
106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes recently interviewed Harper, speaking to him for over an hour about mostly wrestling-related topics. The full interview will be available on ChadDukesWrestlingShow.com. Harper’s thoughts on the Redskins are below.
On Robert Griffin III: “He got named the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback [Monday], so, as far as I’m concerned, he is an All-Pro,” Harper said. “For the next season, he’s an All-Pro, barring injury.”
“If he stays on the field, he’s an All-Pro by far and the Redskins will be regretting their decision to — well, I guess they didn’t sign Kirk Cousins, so they’re really screwed for the foreseeable future.”
Kirk Cousins getting franchise-tagged
“Hey, so you don’t like the fact they haven’t signed Cousins to an extension,” Dukes asked. “You don’t think that’s fiscally responsible to let him go out there and do it again?”
“No, for the first time in the Redskins’ Daniel Snyder Era they’re being smart with their money,” Harper said. “It’s actually a bizarre turnaround. I know it’s a new GM and all, but it’s the best way they could have done things and I hope that Cousins understands. It’s not like he’s going to be struggling. He’s going to make — what? — nineteen-and-a-half million dollars this year?”
“Yeah, almost 20,” Dukes said.
“So, I think he’s going to be okay,” Harper said. “Heaven forbid he gets struck with a catastrophic injury that ends his career… and he only has $19.5 million to live on. I think he’s going to be okay.”
“And I’m not trying to disparage… I love Kirk Cousins,” he continued. “I want them to sign him, but I’m okay with the decision to let him prove himself for another season and really make top dollar and for a long time.”
The incoming rookie class
“I’ll be honest. I actually texted you that I was reviewing the depth chart today,” Harper told Dukes. “I was actually watching, and if I mispronounce this, I apologize, but Su’a Cravens’ highlight videos from USC, which are a frickin’ blast to watch. I really couldn’t be more excited for a rookie to come into the Redskins’ system than him.
“I don’t know where they’re going to put him. I don’t know what they’re going to do with him, but he’s an exciting player and I hope they just let him loose. He’s a big Sean Taylor fan, which I really respect, and he’s wearing Sean Taylor’s rookie number, 36, and he wore 21 in college for Sean Taylor, so let’s stick him back there at safety and let him knock some people out.”
Do you miss the chaos of past regimes?
“Oh, absolutely,” Harper said. “I mean, I loved the Deion Sanders signing. I loved Bruce Smith breaking the all-time sack record in Washington, which is just horrible if you really think about it. But, of course. Of course.
“And the Robert Griffin, Kirk Cousins — you know, that made me sad because I’m a Robert Griffin fan and I wish it could have worked out here. But for his sake, if he goes to Cleveland and proves himself, then he’s a better person for it, and we’re a better franchise for it because we lost a lot of years with him. So of course I miss the circus-type deal.”
“But I’m a fan of the Yankees, I’m a fan of the Maple Leafs and I’m a fan of the Redskins,” Harper revealed. Oof. “And all three of these franchises have gone out and signed the big names and had the circus, but not had the results.
“And really, it’s bizarre, because all three have kind of scaled back and started to rebuild from the bottom with the younger talent and for that to happen, it makes me happy and it gives me hope for actual success in the future, I guess.”