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QB Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins

6-3, 214Born: 8-19-1988College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 4

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Cousins lost his top two wideouts and offensive coordinator, but he still has a terrific supporting cast and will post a handful of top 3-5 weeks to fuel best ball teams that wait on quarterback. He has been a solid QB1 for the last two years and is going for much less than that in drafts of all types. His willingness to run the ball in himself close in also increases his weekly ceiling.


Statistically speaking, Kirk Cousins wasn't quite as good in 2016 as he was in 2015, but Washington fans should still hope the team finds a way to keep him under contract beyond this season. In two full seasons as the starter, Cousins has completed 68% of his passes for 9,083 yards, 54 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. It's clear he's a perfect fit for Jay Gruden's rhythm-based passing attack. The question for Cousins is whether the team's revamped receiving corps is an upgrade or not. Veterans Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson left for free agent riches in spite of having resurgent years. Washington signed Terrelle Pryor to a one-year "prove it" deal as the new starter opposite slot receiver extraordinaire Jamison Crowder. The X-factor will be Josh Doctson's development. If he plays like the 1st rounder he was a season ago, Cousins could replicate last year's fantasy output. If Doctson falters, Cousins stays relevant but becomes a lower end QB1 or an ideal high end QB2. (July 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

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QB Dynasty - 10, 8, 8, 9, 12, 13, 17
Overall Dynasty - 113, 75

Stats and Projections

2014 WAS 6 126 204 1710 10 9 7 20 0 2
2015 WAS 16 379 543 4166 29 11 26 48 5 3
2016 WAS 16 406 606 4917 25 12 34 96 4 3
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 375 566 * * * 31 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 384 575 * * * 30 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 379 575 * * * 30 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 374 583 * * * 26 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 83
QB: 11

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Latest News

Redskins | Josh Doctson key for Kirk Cousins? (Thu Jul 20, 11:26 PM) - Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson's progression this season could help determine if QB Kirk Cousins decides to sign a long-term extension, according to JP Finlay of

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Redskins | Kirk Cousins wants to stay in Washington (Tue Jul 18, 07:54 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' first choice is to stay with the Redskins despite both sides not agreeing on a long-term deal. Cousins said he would love to stay in Washington long term and has hope for getting a deal done next offseason.

Our View: Can we really believe that? Especially after Bruce Allen kept calling him Kurt when the team publicly revealed the offer they made Cousins before the July 17th deadline for franchise players. Cousins is focused on football now, but next offseason we could see him bolting for a team like the 49ers where he would be reunited with Kyle Shanahan.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins was offered big money (Mon Jul 17, 04:47 PM) - Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was offered $53 million guaranteed as part of the Redskins' offer in early May, according to team president Bruce Allen.

Our View: What a weird story. The NFL is full of twists and turns, and this was Washington making a public statement where they put out the full data on the offer for Cousins. Along with the salary offer, the statement also read "Kirk has made it clear he prefers to play on a year-to-year basis." Even though they could franchise tag Cousins for a third year in 2018 (at the cost of $34 million), it looks like he'll be playing elsewhere (San Francisco?) next season.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins will play under tag again (Mon Jul 17, 04:38 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was not given a new deal prior to the deadline Monday, July 17. He will play under the franchise tag for a second straight year.

Our View: Cousins is the first quarterback in NFL history to play under the tag for two years in a row. With a price tag of around $24 million, Cousins will have made around $40 million in two seasons combined. They could tag him again next year, but we think Cousins is playing elsewhere in 2018.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins' best offer came in May (Mon Jul 17, 09:04 AM) - Updating an ongoing story, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins' best contract offer was received in May, which was higher than $20 million per year. The contract only added one guaranteed year, but it was worth less than the $23.9 million he's slated to make via the franchise tag.

Our View: Washington just doesn't seem to have enough faith in Cousins to give him a deal he feels is worth accepting. He's going to bet on himself -- again -- with a price tag around $24 million this season. Washington could franchise tag Cousins for a third time, but that would elevate his price tag to an unthinkable $34 million for 2018. Cousins is the first quarterback in NFL history to play under the franchise tag for two years in a row.
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