With season over, Kirk Cousins finally addresses free agency
The breakout 2015 season for Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins ended abruptly with Sunday's 35-18 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Now comes the tricky part for both the Redskins and Cousins -- the fourth-year quarterback is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Cousins was sharp again for the most part on Sunday -- he completed 29 of 46 pass attempts for 329 yards and a touchdown -- and added a rushing touchdown too -- despite facing constant pressure from the Packers' defense. Cousins finished the regular season with 23 touchdowns and just three interceptions over his last 10 games.
After the loss, Cousins talked to reporters about what is most important to him heading into free agency.
Via The Washington Post:
"I think I want to be where I am wanted," Cousins said. "You want to be with people who believe in you and we are going to find out, because we haven't discussed it yet, how much I am wanted and where that'll go. But I'm sure you know it's a business and the team is going to operate with that mindset and this is my first time going through that process in the NFL. It's new to me, I don't know a whole lot about it, so we'll see how it goes."
The team will have an exclusive negotiating period to talk with Cousins before the second week in March. If a long-term deal cannot be completed in that time, the Redskins can also opt to place the franchise tag on Cousins -- he would then play out the 2016 season at around $20 million.