Kirk Cousins has thrown 20 touchdown passes this season and seven interceptions. He hasn’t thrown an interception in November. He hasn’t thrown an interception on U.S. soil since Oct. 16. If the season ended after Week 12, the Redskins would have a wild-card playoff spot.
But all that is not enough for Cousins to get a long-term deal. Not yet, anyway.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Redskins won’t make a decision on Cousins until after the season.
One option is to apply the franchise tag to Cousins again in 2017. That would cost $23.94 million. PFT also pointed out last week that there will be a significant number of veteran quarterbacks available in the spring, but Cousins is probably the best quarterback of that group.
The Redskins (6-4-1) can’t be blamed for taking a wait-and-see approach. The team’s Thanksgiving loss to the Cowboys is excusable, but if that turns into any kind of losing streak, they might not want to be stuck with Cousins for a number of years.
Cousins has thrown 44 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions since the “You Like That” game last season. That includes the Redskins’ wild-card loss to the Packers. The wild-card is the Redskins’ most likely path to the playoffs this season, and it could be that what happens on wild-card weekend will have a big influence on the Redskins’ decision.