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Bruce Allen: Extension Talks Will Continue With Kirk Cousins

Posted Mar 11, 2016

Redskins President Bruce Allen on Friday said that once the initial free agency period slows down, extension talks with Kirk Cousins will resume.

Redskins President Bruce Allen on Friday said that once the initial free agency period slows down, extension talks with Kirk Cousins will resume.

The Redskins are expecting to resume talks with quarterback Kirk Cousins and his agent to negotiate a long-term deal once the current period of free agency dies down, President Bruce Allen said Friday.

The month began with the Redskins tendering Cousins a non-exclusive franchise tag, which the quarterback signed shortly after to stay in Washington for another year.

“We thought the best thing to do was the franchise tag. It made it clear where we stood with him and we had told his agents that’s what we were going to do,” said Allen, attending the Loudoun School-Business Partnership, which honored the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation with an award.

“As soon as free agency dies down a little bit,” he said, “I’m sure his agent will engage us again in talks.”

The Redskins have until July 15 to complete a deal with Cousins, otherwise he will be locked in for the next season and be allowed to test next year’s market as an unrestricted free agent.

With free agency underway, and quarterbacks such as Brock Osweiler signing large contracts, Allen was asked if he thought the money being handed away was “silly.”

“Well I don’t know if it is getting silly,” he said. “The good quarterbacks deserve the money and I’m sure there are some performers in the league who are watching this and thinking they might be entitled to a raise or two. But…you can’t win in this league unless your quarterback plays well.”

While the Redskins have remained very quiet in free agency so far – they’ve signed just one player, defensive end Kendall Reyes on Friday – Allen cautioned that the period is “less than 48 hours old” and that the front office will be competing to find players up through training camp.

So far, that’s meant not jumping for big names and money.

“Not only does our personnel department and [GM] Scot [McCoughan] put a grade on a player for their talent, we also put a grade for their character and then we have put a value to that and where it would fit in within our team,” Allen said. “I think the best thing we’ve done from free agency was addressing Trent Williams and Ryan Kerrigan a year ago and that was a well thought-out plan and we’re going to keep doing that because it’s Redskins players we want to make sure that we’re keeping.”

The Redskins have indeed made it a priority to bring back players from last season’s roster they believe will have an important role for next season. Besides Cousins, as of Friday, quarterback Colt McCoy, linebackers Will Compton and Mason Foster, safety Duke Ihenacho, defensive lineman Kedric Golston and punter Tress Way have all been retained by the team.

Allen also mentioned that there is no news in regards to bringing back linebacker Junior Galette, who recently switched agents and has expressed a deep interest in returning to the Redskins.

“We have heard the three day tampering period allows you to get a feel for what the market’s going to be and we thought those players were going to do well with other teams and they’re representatives have told us that,” Allen said. “We’re busy right now, we’re looking to add some players, we have 66 guys under contract and we will have 90 good Redskins going to Richmond.”

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