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What are the chances Kirk Cousins get a deal done?

With one week to sign franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins to a contract extension, how are the prospects of a deal getting done in Washington looking?

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With one week to sign franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins to a contract extension, the prospects of a deal getting done in Washington are looking bleak.

Cousins is looking at player another season under the franchise-tag without a long-term deal in place, the deadline is in one week, on Monday July 17th at 4 pm ET. There are quite a few reasons why a deal probably won't get done before the clock tolls four times on that Monday afternoon.

  1. Guaranteed Money: Under the franchise tag this season, Cousins is guaranteed $23.9 million. He is likely looking to double that amount if he hits free agency next year. Therefore, he want's that potential payday reflected in any deal he signs with the Redskins. Maybe he gives them a discount at only $40 million guaranteed. That's a hefty payday that the Redskins seem unwilling to guarantee at this juncture.
  2. Sides are miles apart: It was reported that the Redskins offered Cousins a  five-year, $20 million-per-year deal before the spring. Considering what Derek Carr signed for this offseason, and his $70,200,000 guaranteed, Cousins likely scoffed at that offer. Unfortunately for Washington, the cost of resigning quality quarterbacks keeps rising every year, and their window to sign Cousins affordably has long since passed.
  3. Colt McCoy: Backup quarterback Colt McCoy is reportedly a favorite in Washington, and a big reason the team is apparently reluctant to sign Cousins at such a high cost and term. McCoy is unproven as a starter, but the team seems eager to keep him around and give him a shot after signing him to a  3 year, $9,000,000 contract. He's the heir apparent if the Redskins let Cousins walk after this season, and that's looking like the most likely possibility at this point

All of that being said, things are shifting in Washington. The Redskins continue to search for their new General Manager, and  who they bring in and their vision for the team will likely have as much to do with Cousins fate as any other factor.

Doug Williams, recently promoted to senior vice president of personnel for the Redskins, is quoted as saying he wanted to keep Cousins "in the worst way."

There is another option, but it's not any more palatable for the Redskins. If they could technically place the franchise tag on him for a third season, but that would cost them at least $34 million next season, assuming Cousins is interested in playing ball with the team on another 1-year extension.

Nothing in Washington is set in stone at this point, but at the moment it looks like it could be Cousins last season playing for the Redskins.

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Source: John Keim - ESPN · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS