Cousins: ‘No rea­son’ to leave if Red­skins ‘step up and com­mit’

Wants to add to team’s great his­tory, get back to glory days

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY NORA PRINCIOTTI

If the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins will com­mit to him, Kirk Cousins says he would like to stay in town for a while. In a league that Cousins ac­knowl­edges is closer to week-to-week than year-to-year, though, what con­sti­tutes com­mit­ment?

In an in­ter­view re­leased Wed­nes­day with Peter King on King’s pod­cast for The MMQB, Cousins stayed con­sis­tent with pretty much ev­ery­thing he has said publicly about his con­tract sit­u­a­tion.

“I want to be where I’m wanted,” Cousins said. “And that’s what I’ve said all along is when a team is will­ing to step up and com­mit to me fully, for the long haul, then why would I want to be any­where else?”

What Cousins did do was of­fer some feel-good praise for the home­town crowd, at min­i­mum pay­ing lipser­vice to the idea that stay­ing with the Red­skins would have its ben­e­fits.

“This is an in­cred­i­ble fan-base, it’s one of the top-five fan­bases in the his­tory of the NFL,” Cousins said. “It goes all the way back to the early 1930s. There’s three Su­per Bowl tro­phies, there’s mul­ti­ple Hall-of-Famers, there’s high-char­ac­ter play­ers still liv­ing in the area, Dar­rell Green, Art Monk, guys that we can learn from. I love this or­ga­ni­za­tion and want to see us get back to those glory days that they had with coach [Joe] Gibbs in the 80s and early 90s and I want to add to that great his­tory and there’s re­ally no rea­son to want to look else­where.”

Cousins and the Red­skins have un­til July 15 to work out a long-term deal, or he will play 2017 un­der the $24 mil­lion fran­chise tag. Cousins said that, while play­ing un­der the fran­chise tag makes the one-year sta­tus of the deal ex­plicit, it’s not all that dif­fer­ent from most other NFL con­tracts, any­way.

“A guy like Brock Osweiler signs a four-year deal last year and every­one is say­ing that’s what I should be look­ing for, well, he’s not with that team one year later,” Cousins said. “So was his con­tract re­ally more than a one-year deal? I guess tech­ni­cally be­cause he’s still on that con­tract in Cleve­land but it cer­tainly didn’t play out the way any­one had hoped in that sit­u­a­tion.”

Af­ter trad­ing for Osweiler, the Browns will pay his $16 mil­lion salary in 2017 af­ter he played the first year of his deal in Hous­ton. Osweiler’s con­tract in­cludes a team op­tion af­ter the sec­ond year.

The Red­skins, Pres­i­dent Bruce Allen specif­i­cally, have ex­pressed a de­sire to keep Cousins long-term but there have been few in­di­ca­tions that the sides have made progress to­ward a deal, mak­ing it un­likely they would reach an agree­ment ahead of the draft.

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