Kirk Cousins is set to take over as the new franchise player for the Washington Redskins. With the 2015 NFL season officially done, it’s decision time for Redskins GM Scot McCloughan.
With Cousins entering free agency this spring, the Redskins are poised to sign the quarterback to a multi-year deal. It would signal the dawning of a new era with one-time golden boy Robert Griffin III expected to be released.
If the Redskins were to retain Griffin, they would owe him $16.2 million to be backup to Cousins. Clearly, that’s not an arrangement which would please either party.
Note from Mother Teresa
On Monday morning, Griffin quietly packed up his locker at Redskins Park for possibly the final time. Griffin left behind a 107-word note, in all caps, not from himself, but from Mother Teresa (See Tweet Below).
Before leaving the locker room, Griffin was approached by a sea of reporters. Griffin politely declined. “Don’t plan on talking, guys. I don’t have anything for you guys.” When asked by a reporter if he was bitter about the inevitable end, Griffin simply said, “Nope.”
Cousins had a breakout season in the just-concluded regular season, promoted to the starting role for the first time since being drafted back in 2012. Redskins coach Jay Gruden reiterated on Monday the team’s intentions to give Cousins the reigns of the franchise. “We’ll continue to build our game plan and our offense around his skill set, which is going to be good. We’ll just go from there.”
After Redskins’ Wild Card defeat to Green Bay Packers Sunday, Kirk Cousins spoke of his desire to be in Washington for a long period. “I think I want to be where I am wanted, and you want to be with people who believe in you and we are going to find out because we haven’t discussed it much yet. We are still figuring out how much I am wanted and where that’ll go.”
Kirk Cousins thanked the Washington fanbase for accepting him. “One of my biggest reasons to want to be back here (to Washington) is to be able to play for those people and to deliver them a winning team year in and year out, because they’re just phenomenal.”