WASHINGTON — No matter how the Redskins handle the Kirk Cousins contract situation, they could be in some trouble.
If they sign the record-breaking quarterback to a long-term contract, they might have to overpay based on their hesitation to pay him a year ago. If they can’t sign him to a long-term deal, they’ll have to either slap another franchise tag on him or let him walk. If they tag him again, he’ll not only make $24 million next season, but then they’ll be right back in this same situation a year from now, only a third franchise tag would cost the team upwards of $30 million.
If they let Cousins walk, they’ll be left without a viable quarterback for the future.
And this all goes without mentioning the bad blood generated with every occurrence of the Redskins offering Cousins what he and his agent perceive to be a below-market deal. By all accounts, the Redskins already committed one such faux pas last offseason with an offer that was described as “Andy Dalton-like” in numbers and structure — that’s not a knock against Dalton, but the deal is universally considered to be team-friendly and Dalton is believed to be worth significantly more than the $13 million or so he’s set to earn next season.
Tuesday morning on 106.7 The Fan, a bit of crossfire went down on the airwaves. Eric “EB” Bickel and John-Paul “JP” Flaim of The Sports Junkies welcomed Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier of Grant and Danny to discuss The Kirk Cousins Situation. While each of the four had somewhat different takes on the matter, they came to something of a consensus: The Redskins have not handled this whole mess as well as they could have.
Take a listen below.