The Redskins have put their cards on the table in regard to Kirk Cousins
The deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign a long-term deal with the club that tagged them was Monday, July 17 at 4:00 PM ET. This year, there were three players negotiating for long-term deals; the Steelers’ Le’veon Bell, the Redskins’ Kirk Cousins, and the Rams Trumaine Johnson. None of these three players signed long-term deals before the deadline, meaning that if a long-term deal will be signed, it will be after the 2017 NFL season is completed. Kirk Cousins and Trumaine Johnson are on their second consecutive year playing on the franchise tag.
This wasn’t ridiculously unexpected, and it does happen from time to time. The real newsworthy nugget came shortly after the deadline at 4:00 PM ET. Bruce Allen, the team president for the Washington Redskins, released a statement shortly after the deadline passed. The statement is pictured below, as provided by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network via Twitter.
Full statement from Bruce Allen. He didn’t take any questions. pic.twitter.com/CBzfvQcroH
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 17, 2017
The statement essentially boils down to the Redskins shot Kirk’s agent an offer and Kirk, either due to him not willing to play in Washington long-term or due to the contract offered, did not respond.
To possibly begin to understand why let’s break this down a little bit more. According to Ian Rapoport’s Twitter, the extension would be for five years, counting this year. This year alone, Kousins, on the tag, is going to be making almost $24,000,000, fully guaranteed. This contract would expand his fully guaranteed number by about $29,000,000, or just a little more than one year’s worth of guaranteed money. There would also be about an additional year’s worth of guaranteed money ($19m) if Kirk were to be injured. It is possible that Kirk felt he deserved more guaranteed money. It’s possible he felt he deserved more overall money. It’s also possible that he feels strongly that he can get this same deal or more next year, whether that’s in Washington, San Francisco, or somewhere else.
When it’s all said and done, Kirk simply did not want to sign the offer given by the Redskins and didn’t even feel like he wanted to negotiate beyond this year.