Washington Redskins President Thinks His Quarterback's Name Is "Kurt Cousins"

LANDOVER MD – DECEMBER 19 Quarterback Kirk Cousins is protected by Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams

The Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension prior to the 4 p.m. deadline on Monday.

Kirk Cousins will be the first quarterback in National Football League history to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag.

Last year Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins, preventing him from testing the waters of free agency, and this year, rather than offering Cousins a contract that could keep the quarterback in D.C. on its own merits, the team chose to throw the franchise tag on him again. Per the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, because he's playing 2017 on the franchise tag, Washington can not negotiate with Cousins until after the season.

Another option the Washington Redskins have is to issue the seldom used transition tag on Kirk Cousins.

Washington could elect to keep Cousins off the free agent market by giving him the franchise tag for an unprecedented third season. He led the National Football League by completing 69.8 percent of his throws during his first full season as the starter in 2015, and a year ago he was 83 yards shy of the 5,000-yard mark.

The Washington Redskins haven't been too kind to their franchise quarterback over the last few days.

I haven't been the biggest Cousins fan but he has the fifth-highest cumulative accuracy rate over the last two seasons, and Cousins was No. 3 according Pro Football Focus' QBR past year.

Miscalculated, misjudged and the biggest miss of all, is when the Redskins miss Cousins when he goes to another team.

Seriously. The president of the team can't get the quarterback's name right.

Cousins made $19.9 million last season and is due $23.94 million on the franchise tag this season. However, the eye-popping moment came when team president Bruce Allen made a decision to air that the Redskins offered a deal but Cousins never responded.




If that does happen and Washington lets Cousins hit free agency, they could still land him back by just beating his best contract offer.

"There's just so many positives to discuss - love my teammates, I love playing with these guys - so I don't need to look elsewhere", Cousins said in a video posted on the team's website.

Today, Cousins is, in essence, saying the same thing to the Redskins. His 12,113 yards in five seasons ranks sixth on the franchise passing yards list.

"It has always been my first choice".

While the team fights a public battle against its quarterback for at least this season, Cousins is fine living on the high road.

Between the conclusion of minicamp last month and training camp, Cousins said that he was going to take his downtime to unwind a little bit before once again going through the demands of a 16-game regular season.

"I've been called Kurt my entire life", Cousins said.

Allen's statement also said Cousins "prefers to play on one-year deals".

Just over 3,000 miles from Washington sits his former coach, Kyle Shanahan, who has taken over hapless San Francisco. But they were 0-1 in the postseason and, with a chance to earn a playoff spot in the 2016 finale, they managed only 10 points versus the Giants - with Cousins being intercepted on a late-game drive.

"Kirk is a really good player and he's a Redskin and we only want him to be here", Schaffer said. We've got him here for another year.

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