After Kirk Cousins said the ball is in the Redskins’ court with regards to signing a long-term deal before the season, team president Bruce Allen said an agreement between the sides could just be a matter of time.
If Cousins and the Redskins don’t agree to a long-term deal by the NFL’s July 15 deadline, the quarterback will play the 2016 season under the franchise tag and earn $19.95 million.
“We’ve told him we want him to be our long-term quarterback and he said he wants to be,” Allen told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwin on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday night. “These things sometimes take a little time to work out, but they do work out. We just want to support him in any way possible and I think adding some of the players we added this year will give our offense some strength and improving the defense is always the quarterback’s best friend, so I believe it will work out and hope it does.”
Allen reiterated that stance to ESPN 980’s Kevin Sheehan and Chris Cooley on Wednesday.
“We have been real clear that we think [Kirk] is the future and we want him to be our quarterback into the future,” he said. “[Kirk] has been as clear saying he wants to be here. Now it just has to work out the details of that. Sometimes it takes a little bit longer than usual, but we’re still 100 percent on board with that.”
(Update: As multiple people have pointed out, it sure sounded like Allen called Cousins ‘Kurt’ during his ESPN 980 interview, which would’ve made a better headline. Presumably any contract that Cousins eventually signs will get his name right.)
Before Sheehan and Cooley let Allen go, they asked him about an even more pressing issue — the gold pants that the Redskins have worn most often since 2010. Specifically, Sheehan asked Allen if he had given any thought to going back to the white jersey and burgundy pants combo of the Joe Gibbs era.
“What are our team colors?” Allen asked rhetorically.
Last season, Redskins players wanted to break from their burgundy and gold tradition and wear white jerseys and white pants for their road game against Carolina, but Allen nixed the idea. He also said last season that burgundy pants aren’t an option because Nike doesn’t make burgundy pants for the team.
“We’re real proud of our history,” Allen said on Wednesday. “We’re going to do some things this year that I think our fans are really going to like with the uniform.”
Interesting, especially because the Redskins announced last month that they will not wear “Color Rush” uniforms in 2016.