In comment 13392782
Peter from NH (formerly CT) said:
| is just weird
It seems like Washington doesn't want him, but they keep paying him big money
They Skins FO has been trying to get Cousins below market value.
The problem is, Cousins has more leverage than any NFL player I have ever seen. The Skins offers the past two years have been about $4 million below market both years (Skins reportedly offered $16 million last offseason and $20 million recently).
Since Cousins hasn't taken the bait, the Skins figure it's better paying big money on a year-to-year basis than starting the process of finding a QB all over again. They are kicking the can down the road.
The only way the Skins win is if Cousins shits the bed this year or suffers a major injury. Something that will lower his market value.
However, they have pissed him off so much that he is gone after 2017. The Skins miscalculated this one by a long shot. Their best option is to trade him now (or even during the season if a team experiences a critical injury at QB), because he is walking after 2017 and DC will have gone through all of this for a 3rd round compensatory pick (basically a 4th round pick, which is when they drafted Cousins to begin with).