With a week remaining until the deadline for him to reach a long-term contract with the Redskins, quarterback Kirk Cousins faced yet another round of money questions over the weekend, thanks to his annual summer football camp. At least three local television stations attended the Western Michigan camp — whose pillars are faith, fun and competition — and asked Cousins about his contract. And Cousins finally told them all exactly what he plans to do later this month.
Oh wait! Sorry! Actually, he repeated standard-issue offseason bromides that could be interpreted pretty much however you would like to interpret them. Which is what he should do, probably. You’d likely get more interesting material by asking Cousins to rank his favorite New Holland beers. In the absence of hop talk, though, Cousins relayed a few of his now-standard talking points, which will hold up just fine whether he signs a new deal.
It’s not him; it’s his agent
“I hired my agent to do his job,” Cousins told West Michigan’s Fox 17. “I gotta go play football and throw touchdown passes and help our team win. I’ve got plenty to work on there. So I’ll let my agent do his job, I’ll do mine. And the good news is I’m under contract for this season and in a good place.”
It’s not about money
“I never want to play football thinking about money,” he told WAVY. “I think that you get in trouble doing that. I put my confidence in the Lord, in my faith. If I’m gonna build my life [based] on money shame on me. That’s not where I draw my security from, never should be. My parents didn’t raise me that way.
“So I’m not gonna make it about money before franchise tags; I’m not gonna make it about money now. I’m gonna play, trust the Lord to provide and to protect and lead. And He’ll do what he wants to do regardless of my desires or my plans. He’s going to accomplish his purposes, I’m gonna trust him and put my security there and let that lead wherever it leads.”
He will rely on his faith
“I’m just taking it in stride, enjoying the summer break, and my agent will handle it and we’ll see where it goes from here,” he told Fox 17. “You know, at the end of the day, the Lord’s in control of my life, and I’m gonna submit to Him. And He’s gonna lead me through whatever he wants to lead me through, mountaintop experience and valley experience. I’m gonna trust Him, lean on Him, and put my security in Him, not in money or wealth.”
He wants to win
“We want to win, that’s all that matters,” Cousins told WZZM. “Stats good, stats bad; let’s just win. And usually the good stats help you win, but I’ll trade stats for wins any day. So hopefully we can put a lot of wins up this year and do something special.”
It will all work out
“My agent will get it handled, whatever he feels is best,” he told WZZM. “You know, the team knows what they’re doing, and it’ll all work out. Whatever happens, it’ll be just fine. And the good news is I’m with Washington this season regardless and can’t wait to get started.”