WASHINGTON — You know, we’ve seen a situation similar to the one between Kirk Cousins and the Redskins play out before.
Trent Green was his name.
Green spent his first three seasons with the Redskins on the bench before winning the starting job in 1998. Similar, too, Green broke out in his first mostly full season starting, passing for 3,441 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, just in time for free agency.
When the Redskins offered Green below what he thought he was worth — a contract valued at $12 million over four years — he walked out the door and never came back, leaving for a better deal with St. Louis. If not for an untimely injury and the Kurt Warner guy, Green may have stayed with the Rams beyond his first season, but instead was traded to Kansas City, where he’d remain for the next six years.
Coincidentally, Green was the same age as Cousins when he departed Washington. Oh, the similarities.
Anyhow, Dan Snyder bought the team in 1999, fired Norv Turner the next year and the Redskins lived happily ever after twirling around the quarterback carousel for the next, oh, decade-and-a-half.
Eighteen years later, Trent Green has a message for the Redskins: re-sign Kirk Cousins.
“You don’t want to bring personal part into it,” Green told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. “But for me, my time in D.C.; I was there four years, I finally got an opportunity to start. It was going well.”
“We were kind of, as that second half of the season — and I’m going way back now, 1998 — but I was 28 years old at the time and I wanted to stay there,” he said. “I liked Norv Turner. I liked the offense. We liked living there, everything about it.”
“It didn’t work out,” he said. “I went to St. Louis and unfortunately got hurt, but the rest of my career from that point on… So when I look at Kirk Cousins and I say, okay, he’s 28. He’s started for two years. He’s had success. His numbers have improved. This is not the time to bail on him. This is the time where you rally around him.”
“I don’t know if you want to give him the long-term deal,” he said. “I don’t know if you want to structure it in a way that it’s more cap friendly early on as opposed to late. If you’re Kirk Cousins, you don’t want to do a deal like Tyrod Taylor where all of a sudden now they’re gonna bail on it and they don’t owe you any of the money because of the way it was structured.”
“There’s got to be a way that you structure it that helps out both sides, or just do the one-year deal again and see what happens,” he said.
“As I said, because of my situation, this is very similar to what went on and I would like to see him stay there. I think he’s got a bright future.”