Rewarding Mediocrity with Kirk Cousins
This is the Face of Kirk Cousins. This, my friend, is the face of the luckiest person on planet earth. Kirk is a middle of the road QB. The Redskins this year slapped a franchise tag on him because they couldn’t work out a longer term deal. In 2016 he was guaranteed $19.95 million dollars because of the franchise tag put on him this year. If they can’t reach a deal this year and with the QB on a franchise tag is scheduled to make well over $23 million in 2017. To quote Wikipedia here is how franchise tags work if you don’t know.
An “exclusive” franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position as of a date in April of the current year in which the tag will apply, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. Exclusive franchise players cannot negotiate with other teams. The player’s team has all the negotiating rights to the exclusive player.
Here are the salaries per position:
Here are some stats from Kirk Cousins over the past few years having only started the last 2 years being the backup for the first 3 years he was in the league.
With this sad state of QB play of most teams, I’m sure you know all of them, in the NFL this is a middle of the road QB now. In the 90’s throwing for 30 and 10 is a good season but let’s look at what real QB’s look like in this time period.
Aaron Rodger went 40 and 7
Brady went 28 and 2
Dak went 23 and 4
The big difference between these guys and Kirk is they all know how to take care of the football. There isn’t anything in the NFL that is going to have success and be called a gunslinger anymore with head coaches being on such a tight leash. To win super bowls you can’t throw over 10 interceptions in today’s age. So now we have a guy who has never had any success in the playoffs about to make over $25 million a year because of how thin the QB pool is and how college just isn’t turning out professional style QBs anymore. The question now is how much are the best guys in the league worth. So good luck Washington but if you don’t want him I’m sure the Bears will take him.