NFC East

Does Kirk Cousins Deserve a Franchise Quarterback Contract?

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins fell to the Green Bay Packers 35-18 in their home playoff game.

Cousins praised the fans saying, “Our fans were phenomenal…can’t say enough about the way they showed up today,” as his season came to an end Sunday night.

The bold decision to start Kirk Cousins prior to the start of the season paid off for Jay Gruden. The Redskins finished 9-7 and NFC East champions.

The Redskins face a critical decision this offseason with their quarterback situation.

Kirk Cousins has earned a contract extension with his play this season, but the Redskins must determine the proper value for his contract.

Cousins has a a solid group of skill players including wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon and tight end Jordan Reed. The Redskins also have emerging young talent in wide reciever Jamison Crowder and running back Matt Jones.

Keeping Cousins with this offensive talent would be a wise move for the the Redskins.

After tonight’s loss, Cousins stated he was, “disappointed over missed opportunities today,” but he “feels good about where this organization is headed.”

Cousins statistics were on par with other franchise quarterbacks, but it must be noted Cousins has zero wins against teams with a winning record in 26 career starts.

Cousins is surely going to look to cash in and with Robert Griffin III on his way out of Washington, he is going to want starting quarterback caliber money.

The Redskins have other holes to fill on this roster, but general manager Scot McCloughan must first take care of his quarterback Kirk Cousins contract.

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