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Snyder's support, Gruden's play-calling will determine Cousins' fate with Redskins

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

The Washington Redskins' best shot at signing a long-term deal with quarterback Kirk Cousins was last year. The top price was more modest and he had just one good season on his resume.

Once negotiations entered this offseason -- with another solid year and a rising salary cap boosting the price tag -- it was always going to be more difficult to get a deal done. Cousins owned the upper hand thanks to a second year under the franchise tag.

The Redskins failed to sign Cousins to a long-term deal Monday, the deadline for franchise tag players, setting the stage for his possible departure next offseason.

Redskins president Bruce Allen outlined the Redskins' offer to Cousins in a statement to the media Monday.

On May 2, right after the draft, we made Kirk an offer that included the highest fully guaranteed amount upon signing for a quarterback in NFL history [$53 million] and guaranteed a total of $72 million for injury," Allen said. "The deal would have made him at least the second-highest-paid player by average per year in NFL history.

But despite our repeated attempts, we have not received any offer from Kirks agent this year.

Kirk has made it clear that he prefers to play on a year-to-year basis. While we would have liked to work out a long-term contract before this season, we accept his decision.

Cousins has said publicly several times that he likes playing in Washington. And multiple sources over the past few weeks have reiterated that hed definitely consider staying here beyond 2017, even if no long-term deal was struck.

Here are the factors that will help determine Cousins future home:

Direction of the franchise: After firing general manager Scot McCloughan and promoting Doug Williams, among others, the Redskins have altered their front office. One year isnt enough to tell how good theyll be, but it can at least provide indicators. Early in the offseason the perception was that Washingtons front office was in chaos (the Redskins say it was more chaotic before the firing). Its not just about the front office, but also results on the field. If the Redskins struggleand if its not due to Cousins -- then, sure, that could increase a desire for change. On the flip side, Cousins already is playing for a quarterback-friendly coach with a good pass-protecting line and plenty of weapons in the passing game. Assuming they stay productive, it would enhance his desire to stick around.

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