The clock runs out for the Redskins and Cousins to make a long term deal

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Dec 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) directs teammates during the first half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

You hear that? Yep, that’s the July 17 signing deadline quickly fading into the distance. You hear that too? That’s the dead horse being beaten to death again! You might be thinking, “Here it is, another Kirk Cousins ‘why didn’t he sign’ column.” You could also be thinking, “Why didn’t the Redskins pay whatever it takes to get the deal done?”


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Far be it for me to pass judgment on whether Kirk Cousin signs long term after the 2017 season or not, or if he’s asking for too much money, or if the team balked at the money situation.  The question you have to ask yourself as a Skins fan is do I want to stick around for what could be the second leaving of Trent Green? The re-signing of Gus Frerotte? Another QB-centered team rebuild? More growing pains by a team that come December will rip your heart out like a bad prom date.

I see this almost every week – fans questioning their fandom. Whether they should stick around for another blowout loss. The media putting out the usual columns on when is the best time to leave a team, with Redskins fans being used as the butt of the joke. Another question is who is to blame for the entire ordeal? Eric Schaffer? A proxy General Manager without a title? Or is it team owner Dan Snyder’s fault? Fans complained about Snyder being “too involved,” but could really use him now to throw the checkbook at Kirk Cousins like it’s 1999. Is Kirk Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney to blame? Is he being greedy or is he doing his job, getting the best deal for his client? Maybe it’s Kirk himself. He can paint a picture to the media to be the good guy who loves everyone, but won’t put pen to paper to sign a long-term contract.

Honestly, only Kirk and his inner circle know his true feelings about the situation. For now, he’s part of the 53-man roster and will touch the ball on almost every offensive snap. He’s the greatest thing we’ve had since an aging Mark Brunell and journeyman quarterback Brad Johnson. Cousins is the longest starting quarterback the Redskins have had since Jason Campbell and Mark Rypien.

Regardless of what happens with Kirk Cousins – if he eventually signs for “x” amount of dollars and “y” amount of years and takes us to “z” amount of Super Bowls – the sun will come up tomorrow. That, Redskins fans, I can promise!

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