Report: Kirk Cousins won't sign a long-term deal as long as Bruce Allen is with Redskins
Cousins sounds like he'd rather play somewhere other than Washington in 2017
Bad news, at least for Redskins fans that want to see Cousins sign a long-term deal: It ainât happening, according to CSN Washingtonâs Chick Hernandez -- not unless there are changes in the front office.
Source close to the Cousins camp tells me as long as Bruce Allen is team president , he will NOT negotiate a long term deal. #redskins— Chick Hernandez (@CHICKatCSN) March 10, 2017
It speaks to most of the players dislike the way Scot McCloughan situation was handled #redskins— Chick Hernandez (@CHICKatCSN) March 10, 2017
In case you missed it,, the first day of free agency. That leaves president Bruce Allen in charge. Hereâs Allenâs statement on the matter:
âThe Washington Redskins have released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately,â Allen said. âWe wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.â
The latest from Hernandez meshes with reports from earlier in the week.
As recently as Thursday,. And all indications are that he wants to play for the 49ers, where he would be reunited with Kyle Shanahan, who was in Washington when Cousins was drafted in 2012. In fact, Cousins asked Redskins owner Daniel Snyder for a trade but, according to ESPNâs Chris Mortensen, âwas basically told not to get his hopes up.â
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora added some context, via Twitter.
âWould Cousins be open to a trade and welcome it? Yes. Is he demanding a trade? No. Would he play there $24 million in 2017 if need be? Absolutely. Will Cousins sign that franchise tag and lock in that salary? Without a doubt, and soon at that. Is San Francisco the only team that likes him? Nope.
âThe 49ers indicated strongly to [just signed Brian] Hoyer heâs the guy for 2017 and [that there wonât be a] trade for Cousins this year,â La Canfora continued. âWords are cheap but they recruited him as a starter. ... Bottom line: If the âSkins negotiate off the franchise tag figure [$24 million] and make legit offers, everyone could quickly kiss and make up. If they donât step up to the plate, [there] will be another wacko offseason [in Washington].â
Now that Cousins has signed his tender, the Redskins can trade him, and that may be their best chance to get something in return for a franchise quarterback that sounds like he would rather be elsewhere. This isnât a new development; last month, NFL Network analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah said there was a 50/50 chance Cousins wasnât in Washington in 2017.
âFrom what I hear, theyâre not, in [Redskins Park], totally 100 percent sold on Kirk to give him the money that he could get,â Jeremiah said at the time. âSo I donât think they come to a long-term deal, and I donât think they can really afford to franchise him next year for a third year. So the feeling is hey, if weâre going to move on, we need to get something in exchange for him.â
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