Washington Redskins: Kirk Cousins Signs, Sealed, and Now Waits

By Emmanual Benton

The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with fourth-round pick (102 overall) Kirk Cousins. Cousins’ deal is 4-year, worth $2,572,688 with a signing bonus of $472,688 according to his agent, Mike McCartney.

When Washington selected the former Michigan State quarterback, it immediately brought forth a bit of controversy after selecting Robert Griffin III just 100 picks prior. Mike Shanahan quickly put an end to any speculation of a conundrum by naming RG3 the Redskins starter just two weeks after drafting him.

Having two quarterbacks that most had in their top 5 2012 NFL Draft QB rankings is a good problem to have. Of course, there are some that believed Washington should have addressed another need at that spot, but obviously none of those other players who were available convicted Mike Shanahan. He couldn’t pass up the value in drafting who he had ranked as the 3rd best quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft. Shanahan had a second round grade on Kirk Cousins, and with him on the board in the 4th round, it was too good of a value to pass up. Why pass on a player you believe strongly in, to take a guy you’re not so sure about? If you take a guy you don’t believe in and he ends up not having success, that’s a pick wasted. GM’s and coaches that select best player available, according to their board, often times have more success than those that don’t.

Kirk Cousins is a competitor and natural leader. However, his personality isn’t brash or forthright. He will fall right in place and handle the situation with complete class. Cousins knew there was a possibility he would have to be a backup. He also understands that Robert Griffin III is and will be the Washington Redskins quarterback. Every football player should embrace competition, and having a guy like Cousins will only force RG3 to continue working hard.

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