Kirk Cousins’ path to free agency appeared to get clearer Wednesday.
Speaking at the NFL Combine, Washington Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams called Cousins “a free agent for sure,” though he wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of the team tagging him a third time.
That said, Williams quickly downplayed such.
“It’s not too late,” the former quarterback said. “But we haven’t really talked about that. The media had come up with those scenarios more than what we’ve talked about it because I can’t remember one meeting where we talked about the possibility of tagging him.”
Tagging Cousins before the March 6 deadline would result in a guaranteed $34.5 million for the quarterback in 2018. With Cousins tagged, the Redskins could look to trade him for more than the compensation pick they’ll receive from letting him walk. However, they could only do that if Cousins signed the franchise tender, making such a move risky.
“Kirk has been here for six years, and I’m sure there have been opportunities that deals could have been worked out,” Williams said. “It hasn’t worked out. As a team you’ve got to always put yourself in position where in case what might not happen. We can’t afford to let it come to the 12th hour and Kirk decide not to come back and leave us with the bag. We got to make decisions that are best for the organization and whatever decision we make or made, that’s what we’ve got to live with.”
The Redskins have already found their replacement for Cousins by trading for Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs in a deal that will become official with the start of the new league year on March 14. Until then, Williams was sure to sidestep any questions sent his way about Smith.
“We can’t talk about whatever might happen until after it happens,” he said. “It’s too early to talk about all that cause you never know.”
–Field Level Media