WASHINGTON — Regardless of whether the Washington Redskins win the Super Bowl or miss the playoffs, the days left on Kirk Cousins’ contract continue to fall away.
Playing out his second season on the franchise tag, Cousins represents the danger of putting off difficult decisions. If he succeeds, the team will have a helluva time affording his services, either in the short or long-term.
If he fails, where do they go from here?
In either scenario, one name that keeps getting linked to the Redskins is that of Tyrod Taylor. The same Tyrod Taylor that got benched this week for Nathan Peterman (who?) this week in Buffalo.
In recent weeks, respected NFL minds have speculated that if things fall through between Cousins and the Skins, it could be Taylor brought in to give Colt McCoy a run for his money.
We think Kirk Cousins is one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, but it remains unclear if team president Bruce Allen feels similarly. Which leaves a gaping void at quarterback. Taylor wouldn’t be our first choice for coach Jay Gruden’s offense, but he’s a proficient deep-ball passer and of the possible free agents mentioned above, only Alex Smith would be a better option.
Via ESPN’s Dan Graziano:
There’s some buzz in league circles that they could end up franchising Kirk Cousins for a third year in a row, which would cost about $35 million but I guess isn’t out of the question. If they don’t do that, I don’t buy that they’ll turn it right over to Colt McCoy.
Redskins fans aren’t thrilled with how the Redskins’ season has gone so far under Cousins, even though the quarterback has put up some impressive numbers. Through nine games, Cousins is fourth in the NFL in passing (2,474 yards), eighth in the NFL in passer rating (98.6) and eighth in completions (208).
He has accomplished this without finding rapport with his top receiver, without the consistent services of his Pro Bowl tight end, and with an injury quagmire along the offensive line.
Compare this to Taylor in Buffalo, who is 25th in passing (1,684 yards), 16th in the NFL in passer rating (91.4) and 25th in completions (163).
Make no mistake: the Redskins are a passing offense and the Bills are a rushing offense. There is an apples vs. oranges argument that can be made.
But playbooks are dependent on personnel, where Cousins is a professional passer and Taylor is an average to below-average quarterback.
If you care about the future of the Redskins at quarterback, please help put this speculation to rest. And if the Redskins let Cousins walk, for better or for worse, they should look for help in the draft.