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Kirk Cousins has told people privately he is open to reuniting with Kyle Shanahan

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The headline of this article is probably not going to shock anybody here (or most anywhere that follows football). It’s no secret that Kyle and Mike Shanahan were and remain big fans of Kirk Cousins. Now that Kyle has a head coach job, any opportunity for a reunion would not surprise anybody.

I bring it up though because of a great in-depth feature ESPN senior writer Keith Van Valkenburg put together about Cousins. The article includes interviews with Cousins, Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III, Santana Moss, and others. Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, and Scot McCloughan did not speak to ESPN.

The article goes into detail about Cousins’ time in Washington, how it has shaped him, and why it could result in his departure when he ever hits free agency. Cousins is playing under the franchise tag for a second straight year. Washington could use the franchise tag once more next offseason, but it would require a $34 million salary for Cousins. They could also use the transition tag and pay him $28 million, although more than likely he would sign a huge deal they either match or let him walk with, so he gets paid big time in that case.

Cousins has shown a ton of patience in this process, and the interviews provide all sorts of helpful context about Cousins. Rather than drop in pertinent quotations, I think you should just go read the whole thing. It offers all sorts of great context as a potentially huge offseason approaches.