Kirk Cousins: Is he worth what it will take to get him

kirk-cousins-112016-getty-ftr-usjpg_18lb9v64c7nvr1rxwgob83qkmzBy Niner Faithful

Monday at 1pm PST was the deadline for Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins to come to terms on a long-term deal. That deadline has come and gone so he’ll play out the 2017 season under the franchise tag and make $23.9 million doing so.

Now what about next year? Well Washington could use the franchise tag again for the third year in a row, but is Washington going to pay him the $34,478,784 doing so would cost? They could use the transition tag that would only cost $28,732,320. Unlike the exclusive franchise tag Cousins could negotiate with other teams but Washington would have 7 days to match any offer from any team and then could keep him at the term the other team negotiated with Cousins. If they refuse the offer then Kirk Cousins would become a free agent and Washington gets nothing for him (unlike the nonexclusive franchise tag where the team that signs him would have to give up 2 first round picks).

They could trade him either before this season or after, but the problem with that is Washington has no leverage teams know that Washington won’t pay use the franchise tag again so, they can just wait to see if Washington uses the transition tag or if Washington just lets him walk next year. And that brings his trade value down. Both sides have said they are both open to a long-term deal but it has been 3 years and they are still so far apart and Cousins has come out and said he wants to reunite with Kyle Shanahan. But is he worth what it would cost to get him to play in red and gold?

Kirk Cousins is entering his 6th season and has been Washington’s full time starter for the last two seasons posting a 17-14-1 record and a 0-1 record in the playoffs. He’s completed 785 out of 1149 passes (68.3 completion percentage) for 9083 yards, 54 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Not bad numbers I think Niner fans would take those numbers over what we got the last 2 years.

The story with Kirk Cousins goes beyond the numbers Washington was underperformed the last 2 seasons. Football is a team came but franchise quarterbacks (at least ours) overcome that and find a way to get it done. I’m not saying that he wouldn’t be a welcomed improvement, but if you look at what we would have to pay him (look at Derek Carr’s contract) that’s a lot of money for a quarterback that has only made it to the playoffs once despite having loads of offensive talent on his team.

I’m the type of person that judges a quarterback on when it counts the most and you have the ball in your hands with a chance to win the game do you come through.  He does not he seems to shrink in the big light most of the time. I’d like to see what he does this year with far less talent and the pressure of knowing that he might be show casing for a new team. With all the Niners have to get him. They have given Kyle Shanahan a 6-year contract. They are invested in the long-term future of the team has a lot to do with him. He believes in Kirk Cousins he wants him so like Bill got Joe and Steve you must give Kyle Shanahan he guy.

The Niners are in a good position they have Brain Hoyer under contract for this year and next year plenty of draft picks in next year’s draft and plenty of cap space. They were smart not to give away the farm to get him this year. Not when they can play Hoyer this year draft someone next year and try and get him next year with no draft compensation attached. My guess is the Niners Sign him to a contract next year Washington decides that it’s not worth the headache anymore and let him walk because he has little trade value. Or worse case Washington matches the offer Hoyer is our quarterback one more year and he becomes a Niner in 2019 but I don’t see that happening. I just hope Kyle Shanahan is right. How he’s looked on as a Niners coach will depend on it.

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How Many People Will Be Overpaid During this Year’s NFL’s Free Agency Period?

By Leo Silbert

Every year players seem to be getting more and more per season, setting new salary records for position groups and setting the salary floor for a player of a certain level.  Last year, Olivier Vernon was given more guaranteed money than J.J. Watt was given by the Texans, even though he is not the same level of a player as Watt (not a jab at Vernon, more me saying no one is at the same level as Watt therefore no one should be paid more than him at his position).  Vernon wasn’t the only high-priced free agent from last offseason though, with Josh Norman signing a record high contract for a corner back, Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson signing the 2nd and 3rd highest contracts given to a defensive tackle and Kelechi Osemele becoming the highest paid guard in NFL history.  For the most part, the big signings of this past free agency period worked out well for their teams, but that is a rare occurence with many more examples of free agent flops than success stories over the years (like Albert Haynesworth, Nnamdi Asomugha and Brock Osweiler).


First, there were 6 players franchise tagged so far, quarterback Kirk Cousins and Le’Veon Bell were given exclusive franchise tags, becoming the 16th and 17th players to ever be given the exclusive franchise tag while edge rushers Chandler Jones, Jason Pierre-Paul and Melvin Ingram, defensive tackle Kawann Short and corner back Trumaine Johnson were given non-exclusive tags.  These 7 players would have been the cream of the crop in free agency so now with them being basically off the market (unless a team wants to give up 2 first round picks to go along with the cost of the players who have been non-exclusive tagged) so that means the lesser players on the market will be given the kinds of deals the top guys would have taken up.  There has also been 2 mega deals given out to Eric Berry and Antonio Brown which set new standards for a market deal at the safety and wide receiver positions respectively.

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The first person who is almost assured to be overpaid is going to be Alshon Jeffery.  When Jeffery is healthy and not suspended and on his game, he is one of the top 15 wide receivers in the league, but since he is going to be a free agent, chances are he will end up being paid like a top 5 wide receiver.  Because Jeffery is the top receiver on the market, teams will be competing for his services hard and he’ll likely end up with a deal similar to the deals given to Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas.  Another receiver to likely get overpaid is Terrelle Pryor from the Browns.  This was Pryor’s first real season of any real production at the receiver spot and he is already 28 years old, but his market value is projected to be around $9 million per season right now but that is likely to be raised by teams trying to outbid the Browns who have the most cap space in the league with over $100 million to give out this season.  Other wide receivers who I can see getting overpaid are: Kenny Still due to his speed and the fact that Taylor Gabriel was such an important piece on the Falcons as a speedy deep threat, Terrance Williams due to his size and that he was on a good offense in Dallas and Kenny Britt due to his size and the fact that he got 1,000 yards receiving with a bad Rams offense.


Next, I am going to go over the guys trying to cash in on a great season in their contract year.  First is obviously AJ Bouye who before this season wasn’t well-known to anyone but by the end of the 2016 season, he was playing like one of the 5 best corners in the league.  He is also helped by the contract Josh Norman was given last off-season as a very similar player.  Tony Jefferson from the Cardinals played like a top 10 safety for the first time in his career and he has to be loving how Eric Berry set a new high for safeties since Jefferson will likely get something somewhat close to Berry’s deal?  Jonathan Cyprien is another safety who stepped up his game immensely at the safety position this past season so he is also set to be paid handsomely.  Zach Brown had a breakout year on a 1 year deal with the Bills so he can end up getting a similar deal to the one given to Jerrell Freeman last year.  Nick Perry finally showed some of his first round potential in his fifth season and is now set to hit the open market.  Ricky Wagner was horrendous in 2015, but has possibly turned his great contract year into $10 million per season.  Terrelle Pryor also fits into this category.


Now, I’m just going to list the offensive guards who are going to benefit from not only Kelechi Osemele’s 5 year $58 million deal from last off-season, but also from Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s 5 year $41.25 deal that sets the market for an above average guard.  First off is Kevin Zeitler who is one of the best guards in the game and has a chance to set a new record high contract for a guard this off-season as Osemele did last off season.  Then there is TJ Lang who is a little bit older, but he is another top 1o guard in this league and will be paid as such.  Larry Warford has had an up and down career, but he is going into free agency on an upswing so his contract will too.  Ronald Leary is a good guard who thanks to Duvernay-Tardif can expect more than $40 million in a contract in his near future with his pedigree of being a part of one of the best lines in football upping his stock. And finally J.C. Tretter who can play both guard and center well will be looking for a new contract possibly outside of Green Bay so he can go into free agency with the reputation of being versatile and being a part of one of the best lines in the league.


And finally, here are the players who will be overpaid because they are now the best at their positions available after the top guys got stuck with the franchise tag.  Jabaal Sheard was the top pass rusher on the Superbowl winning Patriots so he can now probably expect over $40 million over a 5 year deal.  Stephon Gilmore has never lived up to his first round billing, but with Trumaine Johnson being franchised and Logan Ryan saying he will let the Patriots match any offer he will get in free agency which means to pry him away a team would have to go into Josh Norman money territory, which I don’t believe any team will do, and AJ Bouye having already been covered in this article, then Gilmore can expect somewhere in the $12 million per season area.  Both Jonathan Hankins and Brandon Williams will end up in the contract range of Damon “Snacks” Harrison’s 5 year $46.5 million deal signed last off-season with Kawann Short being tagged and likely expecting something in the Fletcher Cox contract stratosphere.  Colin Kaepernick hitting the market could lead a team to believe that they can fix his faults ad pay him $12 million a year.  As for running backs, I don’t think any of them will be overpaid unless they go to the wrong system like Jamal Charles to a power running scheme or Adrian Peterson to a shotgun running scheme.

Tag Or No Tag

The Washington Redskins are faced with a hard decision this offseason. They have ample of cap space because they don’t have any one player taking up a lot of their room except for Josh Norman who will count for almost $18 million against the cap this season. The cap killers are usually the quarterback and the linemen but the Redskins don’t have their quarterback locked up for the long-term.

Last season Kirk Cousins played on the franchise tag after wanting to sign a long-term deal but the team was not convinced that he was the man to lead the team so they wanted him to prove it. He played on the tag and he lead the team to finish 3rd in the NFC East and a winning record for the second seasons. They had a chance to get into the playoffs but in the usual fashion, Kirk Cousins didn’t show up in the big game and threw an interception at the end that sealed the deal of the Redskins going fishing for the summer.

Once again, the franchise tag is available for the team to use on him but it will cost even more money this time. The tag will be $24 million for one year and Kirk Cousins has stated he will sign the franchise tag but he will not sign a long-term deal unless it’s the dollar figure that he wants. This man wants Aaron Rodgers type of money and he is not on Rodgers’ level of play. I love the Redskins but I don’t think they should tag this guy. He has shown he can’t get it done and he reminds me of a watered down Tony Romo.

Kirk Cousins had a bad defense this season and Tony Romo has had a bad defense for years and just over the last few years got an offensive line. Yes he choked in big games and only has two playoff wins but at least he has a playoff win. Kirk Cousins has only been to the playoffs once and they lost bad at home against the packers in 2015 season. This man can’t get it done and its time to move on and grow with someone else.

Written by Melvin Jackson III