It’s not widely expected that Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will hit the open market when NFL free agency kicks off, in fact it may be considered a ‘longshot’ at best.
But Redskins tight end Jordan Reed knows how important Cousins is to the team’s current and long term success and wants the team to make sure Cousins stays put.
“I think first of all, we got to bring Kirk back,” Reed said, per the Washington Post. “We got to bring Kirk back. We got to bring two of our most valuable weapons back — Pierre and [Jackson] — for us to have a shot. So, I think we need to bring those guys back and add a couple more pieces on defense, and I think we’ll be right where we need to be.”
The decision Washington must make is whether they want to buy-in on Cousins long-term by working out a long-term contract. They can also opt to go the franchise tag route, which would be a costly way (for about $24 million) to potentially tick off Cousins.
“He’s real locked in, and he’s vocal,” Reed said. “He communicates well. He’s clear about what he wants to be done out there and lets us know. On the practice field, he’s locked in and he’s very competitive. That fuels all of us to be that same kind of competitor and compete to the end.”
Reed will likely get his wish with Cousins but he shouldn’t expect either Pierre Garcon or DeSean Jackson to be suiting up with the team next season.
Both wide outs are likely to price themselves out of Washington and find new homes when they hit free agency.
The Redskins would be wise to let both go as they have Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson waiting in the wings to take over main receiving duties for the future.
Teams can begin designating franchise tags beginning February 15th and have until 4 p.m. ET on March 1st to use the tag.
We’ll be watching the Cousins/Redskins situation very closely.