These are not exactly words that lifelong Redskins fan and Cousins supporter Dale Earnhardt Jr. is happy to hear. The ever-vocal Earnhardt, who is currently in Florida in preparation for the Daytona 500, has been advocating for the team to finalize a deal for Cousins since early January — during his honeymoon, no less — and more recently, expressed his concern over the lack of action from the Redskins.
“Quarterbacks don’t grow on trees,” Earnhardt told For The Win on Tuesday. “You’re taking such a huge risk in the draft trying to acquire one. You look at the talented quarterbacks in the NFL and where they were drafted — not all of them were first-round picks, so it’s not about trying to get the college star.”
“We’ve got a guy that knows the system and that has done extremely well — set franchise records, broke his own franchise record last year [in total passing yards],” he continued. “Sign the damn quarterback up. Sign him up. I’m tired of waiting. Don’t even franchise tag him this season. Get him signed up.”
With Cousins set to become a free agent March 1, the Redskins have a little more than a week to place a franchise tag on their starting quarterback before potentially losing him. Or the two sides could agree to a long-term contract before then, but according to ProFootballTalk, Cousins won’t sign a new deal before application of the franchise tag.
Meaning, Redskins fans like Earnhardt will have to sweat it out a little bit longer.