Once again, the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins stood pat, and once again, the team’s quarterback situation will lack clarity beyond the next 12 months. As expected, the NFL’s 4 p.m. deadline passed Monday, and Cousins and the team failed to reach a long-term deal, meaning he will play a second consecutive season under the team’s franchise-player tag, entitling him to a salary of $24 million.

The Redskins will have to wait until next year’s offseason before they can resume negotiations on a multiyear contract for Cousins.

The failure to reach an agreement hardly came as a surprise. People familiar with the behind-the-scenes workings of the negotiations had long maintained the Redskins had virtually no chance of signing the sixth-year veteran to a long-term contract this offseason, despite repeated public declarations that they wanted to do so.

That’s because of a stark contrast in opinions of the quarterback’s worth. Cousins’ agent, Mike McCartney, believed his client deserved to be paid like one of the top players at his position after proving himself in back-to-back seasons as Washington’s starter.

Last year, the Redskins offered Cousins roughly $4 million less annually than what McCartney asked, saying they wanted to see the quarterback prove his …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

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