NFL free agency is big every year, but next spring could feature the biggest story in recent memory. Big time quarterbacks rarely hit unrestricted free agency in their prime, but Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins could be the guy. He could still be franchised or sign a contract extension before then, but if not, we would be all but assured of seeing the biggest contract in NFL history get executed.
Cousins is taking it all in stride, and it showed when he spoke to San Francisco 49ers media on Wednesday (audio). The 49ers and head coach Kyle Shanahan have been regularly connected to Cousins, and would be the odds-on favorite to land him if he hits free agency. It’s safe to say this story isn’t ending for a while.
But in the meantime, Cousins is just going with the cliche of taking things one day at a time. He said he actually hasn’t gotten many questions lately about next spring. He got a lot in the offseason before football got going, but now that there are games happening, the questions have quieted down. Either way, he is just focused on doing what he can each day to get through the season. As long as he focuses on that, things will work out fine next spring.
“It’s about right now. And it’s about doing all I can right now to hopefully be in a position to where Washington won’t let me leave, or doesn’t want to leave because I’ve done my job. So that’s where my focus lies. We’ll see how it all shakes out.”
Cousins was not going to give away his future plans, but he offer up a laundry list of reasons he liked Washington. In particularly, he liked the continuity he has there and, “in this league continuity helps lead to success.” It’s not exactly a shocking statement considering the teams that have consistent success around the NFL.
Once we get through this week, things will die down in the short term for Cousins as far as discussing his future. Once Washington’s season comes to an end, whenever that is, the topic will rear its head. Of course, Cousins will not have media obligations after the end of season media sessions until the spring if ends up either remaining in Washington or signing with a new team. This will be our last week for a significant spur of outside conversation on the topic.