Anderson’s source said of Cousins: “[H]e’s very important to our organization. We want him here. He’s not going anywhere.”
This shouldn’t come as a much of a surprise now that Cousins has led them to a division title and has performed well in his first year as the team’s starting quarterback.
Multiple reports from recent weeks have said that the team is “sold” on Cousins as their quarterback moving, and they willing to begin negotiations on a new contract at some point in the near future.
If the two parties aren’t able to reach an agreement on a long-term extension, the expectation is that Washington will use their franchise tag on Cousins.
For what it’s worth, the franchise tag would run them close to $19 million next season, but would also buy them some additional time to work on a long-term extension.
Cousins, 27, is in the final year of his four-year, $2,572,688 rookie contract that included a $472,688 signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $660,000 for the 2015 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent during the offseason.
This season, Cousins has thrown for 3,990 yards while completing 69.5 percent of his passes to go along with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over the course of 13 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 17 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.
We have Cousins listed as the No. 25 player in our Top 25 – 2016 Free Agents list.