Shortly after 4 p.m. ET, President Bruce Allen took to the podium to deliver a statement on the negotiations with Cousins, explicitly laying out what he says are the details surrounding Washington's offer to Cousins.
Allen says that the team previouslyto the quarterback. The first problem with this offer is that Cousins will make roughly $53 million at bare mimimum if the Redskins use the transition tag on him again in 2018.
Bruce Allen says WAS offered Kirk Cousins $53M gtd. Barely above bare minimum:— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) July 17, 2017
2017 salary: $23.9M
2018 trans. tag: $28.7M
The second problem? Allen spent the entirety of his statement referring to Kirk as "Kurt." Here's a mashup from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
Please enjoy Bruce Allen calling his franchise quarterback by the wrong first name six times in two minutes pic.twitter.com/BVkahmTeqo— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) July 18, 2017
Or Allen at least appeared to do so -- the Redskins PR staff told John Keim of ESPN that it was simply a matter of Allen's accent. And it's OK to give him that on a certain level. I just had my wife listen to me say "Kirk" a bunch of times and there were several "Kurts" (most of them were Kurts?) in there. She's majored in linguistics in college and says it's "an easy syllable for people to swallow."
But Allen is giving a statement about a guy who he's negotiating with -- it would help to slow down and enunciate "the --irk" part of his name.
Good news for the Redskins is that Cousins didn't mind the statement.
Cousins says his perception of Allen's statement was "different than what it appeared maybe public perception was." Said not bothered— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) July 18, 2017
And he doesn't even mind being called "Kurt."
Cousins: "I've been called Kurt my entire line. ... Doesn't matter. It is what it is. It's fine. Not a big deal."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 18, 2017
The bad news for the Redskins is that Cousins has them over a barrel. Whether it's Kirk, Kurt or Kirby is irrelevant, because Cousins is set to make more than $50 million in guaranteed money over the next two years and, if he is so inclined, leave the Redskins for another team after that.
Washington may very well explore other options this offseason, such as trading him (hello, 49ers), because at this point it is hard to imagine the two sides working out a deal.
Some reports Monday indicated Cousins is no longer trying out for Washington, but instead the Redskins are trying out for Cousins. If that is indeed the case, they probably did not pass with flying colors on the first test.