WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has spent the offseason driving his conversion van to Atlanta, prepping for a trip to the Super Bowl, followed by one to London for promotional work, and then another quick trip back to San Francisco.
What he’s not worried about just yet is his next contract. Besides, he’s already done his part to earn the next one; now it’s up to the Redskins and his agent to get one completed.
“I don’t have any expectations,” Cousins said at the Washington Auto Show Wednesday night. “I just go forward knowing my job was to play football the best I could and whatever I do on the field will speak for itself.
“I just play football and try to find completions and avoid sacks and protect the football and win games. Hopefully I can do that at a high level. We’ll let the rest take care of itself.”
Cousins certainly did that in 2015, throwing 29 touchdown passes and only 11 interceptions as the Redskins went 9-7 and won the NFC East. The Redskins want him back; even before his hot finish over the last four regular-season games, they had seen enough to consider him their quarterback for 2016 and the next few seasons. Maybe more.
But they still need to work out a new contract. Washington can always use the franchise tag on Cousins – the deadline is March 1. The Redskins could apply the tag and continue negotiating toward a long-term deal, which both sides would like.
For Cousins, though, the focus remains on the field. He and his wife, Julie, are staying in her parents’ basement this offseason in Atlanta. On a mantel in the basement sits various sports trophies from his wife and her siblings. A picture of Cousins from this season, though, joined the collection. It also serves as a reminder for Cousins.
“It does remind you of great moments in the season and positive things,” he said. “The key is to keep that going and for it not to be a flash in the pan or be a one-day deal, but that it could last and be something people can expect to see around here for a long time.”
Cousins said it bothers him to be sitting at home after losing in the first round of the playoffs. But he’s focused more on the future. And, he said, he and his wife are “excited about where we’re headed and feel good about the work we put in last year.”
“It’s been a positive year,” he said. “It didn’t end the way we wanted, but it’s something to build upon. There’s a good, talented roster that they’ve put together and it bodes well for seasons to come.”