The Washington Redskins have managed to bungle the contract situation with Kirk Cousins to an absurd degree. The team has tried to re-sign the quarterback to a long-term deal for more than two years but ultimately ended up placing the franchise tag on Cousins in back-to-back seasons.
The Redskins have drawn their line in the sand and refuse to budge, which means we could see Cousins bolt from the nation’s capital before the 2018 season. Of course, there has been tons of speculation as to where the Pro Bowler would end up.
Betting odds have tabbed the San Francisco 49ers as the favorite to land Cousins ahead of the 2018 season. It makes sense: the 49ers are without a legitimate starting quarterback and new head coach Kyle Shanahan spent two seasons as Cousins’ offensive coordinator in Washington. This is likely the best scenario for Cousins. He would get to play in a system he likes for a coach he likes and he would be the man. However, the 49ers better fix their offensive line or it could all be for naught.
The second-best odds belong to the Redskins. The club clearly wants Cousins or else they wouldn’t be going through this whole song and dance but something has got to give. This game of chicken can only last so long and if Washington wants a face of the franchise, they need to pay him like one. Plus, the Redskins get the luxury of being able to negotiate with Cousins through the 2017 season as well.
One dark-horse team I think would be a great fit is the Miami Dolphins. The team has weapons and head coach Adam Gase is an offensive guru who could speak to Cousin’s sensibilities. This discussion is for nothing if the Fins decide they want to re-up with Ryan Tannehill, but the quarterback is set to miss the entire 2017 season due to an ACL tear and might never be more than OK.