Given how fast things can change in the NFL, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t allowing himself to get too comfortable.
“They’ll cut you on your birthday, they’ll cut you on the day your child’s born, they’ll cut you on Christmas Eve, so you just never know what’s going to happen,” Cousins told Adam Schefter on Monday as a guest on the ESPN reporter’s podcast, during which he also explained that he never demanded a trade from the Redskins.
While much about his own NFL future is uncertain at this point in the offseason, it’s highly improbable that Cousins, who signed his exclusive franchise tag tender on Friday, will be cut on the day his child is born. At least not his first child. Earlier this month, Cousins’s Goldendoodle, Bentley, helped the quarterback and his wife, Julie, announce that they’re expecting a Baby Cousins in September. Week 2, to be precise.
“That’s not the ideal time, in the middle of September, but we’re going to find a way to make it work,” Cousins told Schefter. “She’s already been very understanding. She’s been a phenomenal football wife, I’ll put it that way. She loves following the games and the team and loves the guys on the team. She said already, ‘Hey, if it conflicts with the game, then it conflicts with the game. That’s okay, you go play the game and you’ll get there when you get there.’ She’s very understanding, but I don’t know how I want to handle it. I certainly want to be there for the birth of my first child. We’ll see what happens as it gets closer.”
Schefter joked that Cousins should call the NFL’s schedule-maker, Howard Katz, and ask him to give the Redskins two home games to open the season, like last year.
“It’s part of the deal playing in the NFL, you kind of expect this,” Cousins said. “The season is half of the year, so you’re bound to eventually have a kid during the season. I’ve had some teammates who have gone through with this, and whether it was inducing the delivery or just being fortunate, they’ve been able to find a way around the game. We’ll see. We’ll keep our fingers crossed and see what happens, but there’s no doubt that we’ll be looking at the schedule the first few weeks of the season to see where we are. Hopefully it’s a home game, and if it’s an away game hopefully it’s somewhere like Philadelphia or New York that’s not too far away.”
The NFL schedule won’t be released until April, but the Redskins already know their opponents for 2017. In addition to NFC East division games at Dallas, New York and Philadelphia, Washington will travel to Los Angeles twice (for games against the Rams and Chargers), Seattle, Kansas City and New Orleans.
“We’ll see as we get closer, but we’re excited and ultimately just thrilled that there’s a new life on the way,” Cousins said.
Listen to Cousins’s entire interview with Schefter here.