WASHINGTON — Kirk Cousins has elevated himself from backup to starter to hot commodity this offseason in the span of a few months.
Sunday afternoon, reports emerged that the Redskins would re-sign Cousins after the season and, in a related move, release former starter Robert Griffin III. In his weekly appearance with Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning, host Grant Paulsen asked the quarterback if he’d like to remain in Washington beyond this season.
“Bottom line, like anybody else in any line of work, any job you have, you want to be where you’re wanted,” Cousins said. “And I’m no different. So that’s the bottom line: I want to be where I’m wanted, and we’ll find out where I’m wanted in a few months. But we have a job to do before that, and that’s where my focus is: on right here and right now. And if we get the job done, I’d like to think I’ll be wanted here.”
Cousins was asked if he would prefer to wait until the offseason before progressing to contract talks.
“That’s correct,” he said. “I just feel like we’ve come this far focusing on the job at hand, and we’ll continue to do that. It’s worked this far, let’s stay to the task and there will be plenty of time when the season’s over with to talk about the future and what’s coming down the road, but there’s just too much important, too much going on right now in the moment to start thin king about what’s coming next.”
Cousins has formed a routine of, after home wins, cutting through the District on his drive home from FedEx Field in Landover and stopping at Shake Shack along the way. But for Cousins, there’s more to this new tradition — which he’s experienced six times this season — than the comfort of celebratory burger and fries.
“I love driving back from FedEx Field and stopping at Shake Shack, partly because I love going through the city,” he said. “Every time I go through and I see the Capitol building and the history there, I just say, ‘Man, this is a great city.’ And it’s a great place to play, it’s a great fanbase and love driving back to Ashburn from FedEx Field, being able to go through the city and just be reminded time and again — win or loss — how great of a place this is, and how great of a city it is, and thrilled to be able to be the quarterback for this team for this season.
“Hopefully we can keep it rolling and give them something to cheer about into January.”