Redskins try to clean up their own mess again

January 31, 2018 12:10 AM
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Kirk Cousins and the Redskins (and their fans) now will part ways.
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I am truly thrilled for Kirk Cousins, who was a supportive backup to RGIII, bet on himself once the starter, and handled the Skins chronic refusal to embrace him with nothing but class. Hope he succeeds wherever he ends up.

My hunch is that Cousins wants to play for Cleveland. He’s a Midwest guy who will also relish the opportunity to be the toast of another football crazy town with minimal pressure compared to other destinations.

It's just another sad chapter for a franchise that is rotten from the top, and marks the end of the Skins' 2012 QB quinella of RGIII and Cousins. Only the Skins could manage to alienate both.

They had plenty of opportunity to let Cousins know that they valued him, but somehow the Skins couldn't manage that, refusing to embrace him, putting themselves in this predicament.

Can't blame Cousins for not wanting to sign a long-term deal with the team at this point, and the Skins recognizing the relationship was never going to get repaired made the best move they thought they could make given the circumstances they were most responsible for creating.

I don't hate Alex Smith. He has a fine career completion percentage and W/L record, and certainly is careful with the football. But it's not an upgrade from Cousins. In fact, it can even be regarded as a downgrade with a cap savings that doesn't overcome the talent and age difference. Alex Smith, say goodbye to Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, and Travis Kelce, and say hello to a meh salad.

29-year-old Kirk Cousins at $27 million/year vs. 34-year-old Alex Smith at $23.5 million. I hate life.

I'll have more Wednesday on "A Numbers Game" on VSiN, Sirius XM 204 7 a.m.-9 a.m. PT, with additional analytics perspective from Warren Sharp on Thursday's show.

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