Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins doesn’t expect he’ll be suiting up for another team in 2017, saying he doesn’t anticipate being traded.
“I haven’t heard anything. I’m not expecting anything to happen,” Cousins said during an appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live Tuesday. “And I’m looking forward to getting back to work with my teammates.”
Cousins and the Redskins remain at an impasse with their long-term contract talks. Cousins’ side did not counter an offer made by Washington — a five-year deal worth approximately $20 million per year — before the combine because it didn’t come close to what they were seeking.
Cousins is already signed under the franchise tag that will pay him $23.94 million this season.
Redskins president Bruce Allen has said multiple times this offseason he wants to sign Cousins to a long-term contract. Owner Dan Snyder has let Cousins know that he’d like to keep him here.
After the Redskins placed the tag on Cousins, he asked Snyder and Allen if they intended to trade him. They have told him they’re not going to send him to another team. That leads to questions about whether the Redskins would be able to sign him long term.
“The team would need to make that decision and say that this is a guy we’re going to commit to in the long haul,” Cousins said on the show. “I’m very comfortable playing under the franchise tag.”
The Redskins have until July 15 to strike a long-term deal or else have to wait until next offseason. They could then use the franchise tag for a third straight season at a cost of $34.5 million. They could then trade him to another team.
Or they could use the transition tag for $28 million, but risk losing him for no compensation if they failed to match another team’s offer.
“The ball’s in the team’s court,” Cousins said. “I’m under contract, and comfortable playing under the contract I signed.”