The Washington Redskins understand that they cannot let Kirk Cousins sign with another team. Cousins departure could mean the Redskins return to the NFC East cellar. The team has had winning records the past two seasons and are looking to continue that trend. Cousins gives the Redskins the best chance to win long term. There is no doubt that Bruce Allen and the Washington Redskins want Kirk Cousins to return.
Are the Redskins putting him in the best position to succeed?
Young & Ascending Offensive Line
Kirk Cousins is protected by one of the best offensive lines in the National Football League. He was sacked only 23 times, which speak words to the impressive play in pass protection. Trent Williams and Morgan Moses are fixtures to the offensive line on long-term deals. Redskins 2015 first-round pick Brandon Scherff has excelled at right guard but is a versatile linemen that could be seeing a big payday in a few years. Shawn Lauvao is a replaceable offensive guard that played better than expected last season. Spencer Long needs to continue to improve his play at the center position but should continue to have the trust of Cousins and the coaching staff.
If Cousins leaves, he will be departing from a team that does a good job at keeping him protected and healthy.
Injury Concerns & Limited Weapons Beyond 2017
Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed are expected to be the primary go-to targets on the Washington Redskins offense. Unfortunately they are struggling to stay healthy, which limits Cousins reliable options to target. Terrelle Pryor will have to repeat his good performance of 2016 before everyone assumes he will continue his success. Plus, his contract expires after 2017. Rob Kelley lacks explosiveness, Matt Jones has trouble holding on to the ball, and rookie Samaje Perine looked very shaky in his debut with the Redskins. Jamison Crowder would be the only reliable option Cousins has, unless the team decides to make more valuable additions to this offense.
Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson were two of Cousins’ top targets on the offense. With their departures, it makes sense for Cousins concerns moving forward with the Redskins.
How Kirk Cousins performs under Jay Gruden’s play calling will ultimately be the deciding factor of his potential return or departure after 2017. Cousins has all of the talent in the world to thrive but there are many concerns with the team. The offensive playmakers will be a lot more difficult to identify as Doctson and Reed continue to present themselves as injury prone players. Even the defensive line remains questionable. The big contract signings of Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain looks more like a mistake and risk than an upgrade. The front office made many additions but many of them have yet to prove they’re worth the starting job.
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