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    Rick Chapman

    I have to go ahead and disagree. Is Kirk a “starter”? Maybe. I’ll even go on a limb and say probably. But no one knows for sure which is why they are not committing to any long term deal right now and I don’t blame them. Don’t get me wrong, I love Cousins and he had a MONSTER 2nd half last season… but that’s all he had. If you look at the totality of his tenure in Washington, he was miserable up to that point. It wasn’t all his fault but the fact remains that he was yanked as a starter 2 years ago and replaced with Colt after a few stinkers. He was named the starter last year and played mediocre at best until midseason. I think it would’ve been unwise to commit a pile of money and long term deal to a guy who played well in only 8 games over a 4 year period.

    Of course it’ll be more expensive at the end of next year if Cousins is legit… and the Redskins will gleefully pay him. If you discovered a potential HOF franchise QB on your roster, you would too. Move over Luck, there’s a new $$$ Sheriff in town! But if Cousins plays less than that, his offer will be less. At least the sample size of his body of work will have increased by another full season and therefore, be a much better representation of what Kirk brings to the table. And he’ll get paid accordingly.

    The question was asked… are they afraid that Cousins will “revert back to a high-interception-rate backup caliber QB?” I would have to say YES, THEY ARE. Washington’s backsides are probably still smoking from the RG3 burn. It took years to recoup the resources spent to get him and they have yet to recoup in terms of having a good, solid QB post RG3. Cousins MIGHT be it, but then again, he may not. The Redskins are understandably gun shy.

    Besides, what’s the big deal? If Cousins really has the professional discipline, leadership mettle and patience, he will understand that the team comes first. At the very least, he gets “Top 3 QB” paycheck for all of next year and the chance to prove, once and for all, that he’s a star. If he is a star, then he’s guaranteed to be one of the highest paid players in the league which makes Kirk deliriously happy. Washington is also deliriously happy that they’ve found their Tom Brady. It’s a win-win.

    What will be interesting to me is Osweiller in Houston. They did what Washington would not. Brock did all right in Denver but the sample size is tiny and the team he played on won the Super Bowl. I’m thinking it’s not all that hard to win on a Super Bowl caliber team.

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    Nick Foles.

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      Fred Pickering

      You pay the man and you do so in line with today’s market value and add a bit of a premium. Lock it up. Long term deal.

      Not doing so means you’re betting on Kirk underwhelming which is dumb, dumb, dumb.

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    Hosel Rocket

    Rex Grossman
    Derek Anderson
    Tommy Maddox
    Rick Mirer
    Don Majkowski

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    Sometimes trying to be the smartest guy in the room makes you look like jeff skilling.

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    Aaron B.

    You’ve been right on this all along. The news that came out after July 15, that the Redskins were only offering $24M, changes the picture drastically. Before that, most people were assuming they were offering $40M or so, Kirk was asking for $50M or so, so the Redskins could either come up to 45 or so or wait until next year and risk being on the hook for 60. Not that big a difference, and you could believe the team (especially the owner) was willing to risk an additional 10-20 long-term to see him do it for another year.

    But if they were only offering 24, and Kirk has another decent-to-good year, they won’t need to come up 10-20; they’ll need to triple that. Then we’ll start to hear about how Kirk has had just one-and-a-half good seasons and just 12 good games, how he had good people around him (remember when Scott said that around the end of the season, and you said it wasn’t good?) — all the same rhetoric from this year with the numbers adjusted a bit.

    Crazy as it is, I think there’s a better than even chance he’s playing somewhere else in three years.


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