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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
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The MMQB's Albert Breer reports Kirk Cousins can file a grievance to block the Redskins from franchising him.
The Redskins want to tag-and-trade Cousins, but the CBA prevents them from tagging him without any plans to sign him. Washington would also need to commit at least $28.7 million in cap space to keep Cousins from free agency, putting them in a bad leverage spot. Cousins remains likely to hit the open market this offseason, where he'll become one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league. The Jets, Vikings, and Broncos are the top suitors for Cousins. Feb 17 - 4:05 PM

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Paul Allen of KFAN Minneapolis reports the Vikings are "number one with a bullet" on Kirk Cousins' wish list.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer agrees that Minnesota would be a "prime location" for the impending free agent. Cousins has garnered widespread interest since Washington traded for Alex Smith last week with the Broncos, Cardinals, Jaguars, Jets and Vikings emerging as his top suitors. Cousins reportedly has a desire to "win right away," which would make Minnesota an appealing destination. The Vikings also boast one of the league's strongest receiving duos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. With Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum all headed for free agency, the NFC runner-ups will be aggressive in pursuing a quarterback this offseason.
Feb 4 - 10:51 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer doesn't expect the Browns to be a serious suitor for impending free agent Kirk Cousins.

Cousins would fill an obvious need for Cleveland—DeShone Kizer was statistically the league's worst starting quarterback in 2017—but Cabot fears that Cousins could command up to $30 million annually on the open market. The Browns have over $110 million in available cap room, which is more than enough to sign Cousins. However, Cabot still considers the Browns an unlikely match for Cousins given his desire to "win right away." The Browns own two of the top four picks in April's draft and are almost certain to target a franchise quarterback with one of those selections.
Feb 4 - 10:33 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Redskins will "consider" placing the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins.

The Redskins are committed to Alex Smith as their starting quarterback but could conceivably tag Cousins and trade him to a quarterback-needy team for draft picks. This way the Redskins would also have some influence over where Cousins lands rather than letting him hit free agency and sign with a team of his choosing. Of course, Washington wouldn't be able to execute a trade until Cousins signs his $34.5 million franchise tender, which he could put off for weeks or even months while still counting against the Redskins' salary cap. The Redskins would also lose out on a 2019 compensatory pick if they choose to tag Cousins. Ultimately, we expect Cousins to hit the open market.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 8:37 AM

NBC Sports Washington doesn’t expect the Redskins to "tag-and-trade" free agent Kirk Cousins.

The Redskins don’t own Cousins’ rights and would need him to sign a franchise/transition tender to trade him. That would cost Washington at least $29 million in cap space, making it highly unlikely. Cousins is going to hit the free-agent market and has already been linked to the Jets, Broncos, Vikings, and Jaguars. The Redskins will get a 2019 third-round compensatory pick for Cousins.
Feb 2 - 6:16 PM

Impending free agent Kirk Cousins implied he'd have interest in signing with the Broncos this offseason.

"I'm going to keep my eyes and ears open to anything and everything. I’m in the information-gathering stage," said Cousins. When asked specifically about the Broncos, Cousins said he'd "love it if Denver is interested." Von Miller and C.J. Anderson have both advocated for Cousins to join the Broncos, who have been plagued by subpar quarterback play the last few seasons. With the Redskins now committed to Alex Smith, Cousins should have no shortage of suitors on the open market. The Broncos, Browns, Cardinals, Jaguars, Jets and Vikings will all be in the mix.
Feb 2 - 2:01 PM

According to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News, the Bills are not expected to pursue impending free agent Kirk Cousins.

Despite his success in Washington, the Redskins are letting Cousins walk in favor of Alex Smith, who was acquired from Kansas City in a blockbuster trade earlier this week. Cousins would be an obvious fit for the Bills, who are expected to move on from Tyrod Taylor. However, Cousins is in high demand and may fall out of Buffalo's price range. Coming off their first playoff appearance in 18 years, the Bills have just over $29 million in available cap space.
Feb 1 - 8:18 AM

Speaking at the Super Bowl on Wednesday, Broncos OLB Von Miller said, "We need Kirk [Cousins]. I would like to have Kirk."

"Kirk could take us over the edge," Miller continued. The Broncos currently sit in the middle of the pack in 2018 cap space at just over $26 million, but space can be created rather easily in the NFL. GM John Elway is going to do everything in his power to get at least one new quarterback in the building after the Broncos have missed the playoffs two consecutive seasons with Trevor Siemian. Expect Denver to be right there with the Jets and others in pursuit of Cousins.
Jan 31 - 1:25 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini fully expects New York to be "one of the suitors" for free agent Kirk Cousins.

The Jets have a boat load of cap space -- $73 million and the fourth-most in the league. Their need for a quarterback has been hanging over the team's head seemingly since the Joe Namath days. With Jeremy Bates expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator, that puts another feather in the team's cap to make them more attractive to Cousins. Bates is a disciple of the Mike Shanahan offense, the same offense Cousins was drafted into in Washington and excelled at under the Shanahans and then Jay Gruden-Sean McVay. Cousins spoke glowingly of Bates while at the Super Bowl on Tuesday. The Jets won't be his only suitor, however, and whoever wins the bidding war will have to back up the Brinks truck.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 31 - 9:50 AM

After the Redskins' acquisition of Alex Smith on Tuesday night, free agent Kirk Cousins is fully expected to hit the open market when the new league year opens March 14.

Washington wasn't going to use the franchise tag on Cousins for the third straight year and be on the hook for a guaranteed $34 million, and signs had begun to point to Cousins leaving D.C. with no interest in a long-term deal from his side of things. Thus, the trade for Smith. Cousins' market figures to be absolutely robust as the best free agent quarterback to hit the open market in years. Expect plenty of teams to be in the running, including the Jets, Cardinals, Jaguars, Browns, Bills, Broncos, Vikings, and whoever else. It's likely Cousins will reset the quarterback market as the highest-paid player at the position when all is said and done.
Jan 30 - 9:49 PM

Impending free agent Kirk Cousins insists money will not be the only thing he considers if he hits the open market.

"Is money a part of it? Sure," Cousins admitted. "Is it the only thing? No. It is about winning, and that’s what I want more than anything, so I’m going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I’m in the best possible position to win." Cousins also reiterated he would gladly play under the franchise tag for the third-straight year were Washington so inclined. Cousins would make $34 million fully guaranteed under the tag. It's unlikely Washington could afford that.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 30 - 2:29 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he wants impending free agent Kirk Cousins to be more aggressive.

Unsurprisingly considering he lost DeSean Jackson and was working with several new receivers, Cousins struggled to create big plays in the passing game, but his coach thinks some of the blame lies with the quarterback. "A lot of times he needs to see guys being open instead of throwing guys open from time to time," Gruden said. "Then when you do that, they have to make plays for you. You’ll never know until those balls are thrown." If Cousins returns, another offseason of work with Josh Doctson should help, but Washington could improve the situation by adding another weapon on the outside.
Source: ESPN
Jan 25 - 9:23 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden suggested he wants the final decision on Kirk Cousins' long-term future to be made this offseason.

Cousins has played the last two seasons on the franchise tag and conceivably could be tagged again this spring despite what would be an exorbitant price, but Gruden appears ready to get off the roller coaster. "I think something has to be done," Gruden said. "I think you want to have a quarterback in here that’s going to be here. And hopefully that is Kirk, and if not, we have to move on and do what we have to do as an organization." Gruden was not at all effusive with his praise for Cousins following the season, but these comments suggest he would support the kind of big-money deal it will take to sign the quarterback long term.
Jan 8 - 9:31 AM

Kirk Cousins said he would sign his tender if the Redskins assign him the franchise tag in 2018.

"I need to work, I need to get better," said Cousins. "I'm okay with the one-year deal. It doesn't scare me a lot." Cousins has played under the franchise tag each of the last two seasons and seems content to keep going year-to-year with his contract. If the Redskins were to slap the franchise tag on Cousins for a third time, the quarterback would earn a whopping $34.47 million in 2018. Even if the Redskins had the cap space, it's unlikely they'd sink that much money into a quarterback turning 30 who has never even won a playoff game. As he has the last two offseasons, Cousins will again be the talk of free agency.
Jan 5 - 1:28 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-37 passes for 158 yards, zero touchdown, and three interceptions in the Redskins' Week 17 loss to the Giants.

Playing in an offense beset by injuries, Cousins struggled down the stretch, and he punctuated that downturn with perhaps his worst game of the season in the finale. He still topped 4,000 yards for the third season in a row, however, and tossed 27 touchdowns against 13 interceptions, his third campaign in a row with at least 25 scores and 13 picks or fewer. Clearly a top-half starter who would command a king's ransom on the open market, Washington needs to do everything they can to sign Cousins to a long-term deal this offseason, although it is possible that ship has already sailed. As it has the last couple years, Cousins' contract drama will dominate the news cycle this spring.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:19:00 PM

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