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Redskins, Weirdly, Go Public With Kirk Cousins Negotiating Stance

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Hard to imagine this ends with a long-term deal

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The weird relationship between quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins got even weirder on Monday. That’s because Redskins President Bruce Allen has chosen to take the extraordinary, and perhaps unprecedented, step of taking the organization’s exact negotiating position with Cousins public.

I mean, c’mon! Who, other than the completely dysfunctional Redskins, would do a thing like this. Well, OK, maybe the New York Knicks. But, that’s another sport — and another story.

Whatever you think of Cousins, the hardest thing to find in the NFL is a quarterback you can win with. Cousins, for what it’s worth, appears to be one. Are the Redskins daring Cousins to walk away after the 2017 season? Is this actually the outcome Cousins was looking for?

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network actually says there is “good momentum” between Cousins and the Redskins. Garafolo added “Cousins likes where this thing is headed.”

MG is terrific, but I don’t know about all that. Here is a different take from former NFL executive Joe Banner:

The only thing I know for sure is that the Redskins are mess, which means nothing has really changed.