The Washington Redskins have until Monday to reach a long-term extension with quarterback Kirk Cousins or else they’ll have to wait until the new league year in 2018 to enter into negotiations again. And one of the reasons for the holdup is apparently internal disagreement.
Since Cousins took over as the starter on a permanent basis in 2015, the organization has been split on what Cousins is worth. And, as the price has risen with the level of his performance, the disagreements continue according to a report from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.
While some amount of back and forth is to be expected in a high-profile negotiation, it’s the amount of money it has cost the franchise that’s troublesome. As Florio noted, those in the Cousins camp advocated offering him a deal worth upwards of $10 million annually when he was given the job.
However, he’s now set to make $23.94 million in 2017 and the price tag on a long-term extension continues to rise.
If the Redskins are unconvinced Cousins is the right person to lead their offense, that’s fine. However, they need to either get what they can for him or take the necessary steps to find the right player rather than standing precariously on a ledge.
The longer they waste makes them look more dysfunctional and puts them further away from a solution.