Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension this offseason. He will play the 2016 NFL season on the franchise tag and there is a chance that the two sides could part ways next offseason. Washington may not view Cousins as a legitimate franchise quarterback.
One thing is for sure, they were not willing to pay the money that Cousins was looking to receive. Scot McCloughan, the Redskins’ general manager, talked about the high volume of franchise players who aren’t getting long-term deals and why teams have been hesitant to give the money they’re looking for.
“It’s a very good question, and like I said, it’s part of the business that I don’t like at all, just because you want to take care of your own no matter what. And there’s a reason why you do franchise them, because you respect their talent and their abilities. But the market’s the market, and some teams will do certain things that throw the market off, so then you’ve got to step back and say, ‘Okay, who do we have next year? [Are] there three to five to seven guys that we want to extend prior to the last year of their deal, or do we want to go after one and know we’re going to lose three or four next year?'”
Cousins is a very good quarterback, but he is not worth losing other talented players over at this point in time for the Redskins.
The Inquisitr recently published a training camp profile for Cousins and talked about what should be expected from him this season in Washington.
One of those teams could end up being the San Francisco 49ers. They are currently dealing with a quarterback situation of Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. That won’t get things done for Chip Kelly.
At 27 years old, Cousins still has potential. He got a late start in his NFL career due to sitting behind former No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III for the first few seasons of his tenure with the Redskins. Cousins finally got his first true shot as the starting quarterback in Washington last year.
San Francisco would immediately take a huge step forward bringing a piece like Cousins in. He would be a major upgrade for them and would be a very nice fit within the offense that Kelly likes to run.
Outside of the 49ers, there are a couple other teams that could be interested in pursuing Cousins. The Cleveland Browns are always a team to keep an eye on, but the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets could potentially be looking for new quarterbacks as well next offseason.
It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers Cousins puts up this season for the Redskins. If he is able to show consistency with the kind of production that he showed last year, his value will skyrocket.
Expect to see the 49ers be very aggressive in their pursuit of a new starting quarterback next offseason. They cannot be happy with their current problems at the position. Cousins would be a perfect fit for them in free agency and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the interest be mutual.
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