Bruce Allen says talks with Cousins are ongoing

Bruce Allen says the Washington Redskins are currently in talks with QB Kirk Cousins on a long-term contract that would keep the passer in burgundy and gold for years to come.

Allen made the comments on Friday on ESPN 980 AM radio:

Cousins’ rookie contract expired in 2015, the year he became the team’s starting quarterback. An excellent season in his walk year led to the Skins franchising Cousins for $20 million in 2016 when the player predictably refused to team offers that reportedly never exceeded in $16 million per year.

Cousins played 2016 under the franchise tag and had another excellent season. The Skins franchised Cousins again earlier this year, making him the first NFL quarterback in history to receive the franchise tag in back-to-back seasons. He will make about $24 million this year.

The last reported offer from the team was five years for about $20 million a ¬†year and low guaranteed money. Based on the market for quarterbacks of Cousins’ stature, that won’t be nearly enough to keep him in Washington in the future.

In all likelihood, the Redskins will have to offer Cousins a five-year deal worth about $120 million and close to $60 million guaranteed money? Why? Because that’s what he could get on the open market in 2017 or 2018.

So far, the Redskins, who claim to want to keep Cousins in DC for the long term, have not submitted a serious offer to Cousins since negotiations began more than a year ago.

The Redskins did not draft a quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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