Every once in a while, a report comes out regarding a prominent NFL topic that just makes me shake my head.
That was the case most recently when NFL Network not only reported that the Washington Redskins would not place the transition tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason but also that his “play down the stretch will have a huge impact” on his future in our nation’s capital.
First, the guy has been one of the 10 best quarterbacks in the NFL for over two-and-a-half years and over 40 consecutive games. Even his detractors would admit he’s been one of the best 15 signal-callers in the league during that time frame.
Is that not enough of a sample size at this point to know what he’s capable of? In a league in which quarterbacks get big contracts based on the potential they flash in a game or two, the Redskins “need to see what Cousins does down the stretch” before they decide whether to franchise him or offer him a top of the market deal this offseason?
Don’t make me laugh.
In fact, if I’m Cousins, that notion is yet another example of what has been a number of instances in which the organization has shown a lack of appreciation for what he’s done under some adverse circumstances the past few years, especially this year with a patchwork offense around him both up front and at the skill positions. Frankly, it’d be enough for me to strongly consider declining any long-term offer so that I can go to a franchise that truly appreciates what I bring to the table, either this offseason or next if the Skins slap him with a third and final franchise tag at $34 million for 2018.
Which leads me to point No. 2. What exactly do the Redskins think happens if Cousins doesn’t lead a flawed and beat up team to some victories down the stretch? In that scenario, do the Redskins let Cousins walk?
If they did, Cousins would have many suitors desperate for the stability and competency he would bring to their teams willing to make him the highest paid player in NFL history at over $30 million per year because, even at that dollar amount, he would be well worth it. And the Redskins would have lost the best quarterback the franchise has had in at least 25 years without getting anything other than a measly third-round compensatory pick in 2019 in return.
Oh, and the Redskins also wouldn’t have a capable starting quarterback, which would also seem to be problematic, as well.
That’s why Washington’s thinking, according to the NFL Network report, doesn’t make sense. That’s not a knock on the reporter, by the way; I believe he was told that by someone in the Redskins organization. I just don’t understand the logic of whoever it is that told him that. Probably because it’s … wait for it … illogical.
Then again, the Redskins have done a lot of things that aren’t logical the past few years as it relates to Cousins, and leaking more criticism of their quarterback is just the latest example of that.