Washington Redskins GM Scot McCloughan wants to keep Kirk Cousins as his quarterback for the long term
Master Tesfation who is a reporter for the Washington Post reports from Mobile Alabama where Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan had a chat with sports reporters at the Senior Bowl football game on Thursday.
McCloughan wants to sign Washington Redskins starting quarterback Kirk Cousins who can become a free agent in March 2016 to reach a long term agreement with the Redskins football team before the start of the free agent period.
Cousins who was a fourth round draft choice of the Washington Redskins in the 2012 National Football League Draft out of Michigan State University current contract expired at the end of the 2015 football season.
Cousins was named the starting quarterback of the Redskins on August 31, 2015 beating out Robert Griffin III during the training camp sessions. Cousins led the Redskins to the National Football Conference Division title during the 1015 football season.
If Cousins is not able to reach a long term deal to remain with the Redskins, McCloughan admits the Redskins next option is to place the franchise tag on Cousins for a one year, $20 million dollar contract. McCloughan does not go in that direction since the money he could save by having Cousins sign a long term contract for less money could be used to sign free agent players to join the Redskins before the start of the 2016 football season.
It remains to be seen if Cousins will be able to reach an agreement with the Redskins to remain with the team for a long period of time as their starting quarterback or he will be seeking to enter the free agent market at the end of the 2016 football season if the Redskins decide to have the franchise tag placed on him before the start of free agency in March 2016.