Kirk Cousins signs contract with Redskins; reportedly four years, $2.5M

Redskins on Thursday morning. (Getty Images)

There aren't usually that many players drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft who generate headline-worthy notes when they sign their contract. Kirk Cousins is one of them, for a number of reasons, and he said on Thursday that he has signed his deal with the Redskins.

Cousins is high profile thanks to a confluence of events: he's a quarterback, he's a high-profile player from a big college, he got drafted by the Redskins, and he got drafted by the Redskins using one of their few 2012 NFL draft picks, even though they traded up to No. 2 overall to grab Robert Griffin III. Whatever, the deal's done.
And just in case you don't believe Cousins, the Redskins also tweeted the news, complete with a picture of Cousins looking perfectly Kirk Cousins-esque (aloof yet full of determined leadership and gumption) while signing his deal.
According to's Daniel Jeremiah, the deal is worth $2.57 million over the four years, with a $472,688 signing bonus.

It's good that the Redskins got one of their drafted quarterbacks under contract -- Griffin remains unsigned as of right now -- but I still find it impossibly difficult for Mike Shanahan's team to justify nabbing another quarterback after using a slew of picks to trade up and grab RG3.

Cousins is competing for a back-up spot and the only way that the Redskins will need him to play any time soon is if a) Griffin gets hurt or b) Griffin is terrible. I'm not sure which scenario is worse.

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