Many watchful eyes will be on Kirk Cousins this season as he and the Washington Redskins could not reach a contract deal before the July 15th deadline. Although this does not come as a surprise, it puts interesting implications upon this season and the future.
Cousins is guaranteed $19.95 million this season, as he is only the second quarterback ever to play under the franchise tag, joining Drew Brees in 2005. With a potential big payout via a long-term contract on the line, Cousins has everything to gain and almost nothing to lose. This kind of incentive should spark a fire under Cousins to bring his game to the next level, a hopeful encouragement to Redskins fans and fantasy football owners, alike.
However, on the Redskins’ side, their situation is a little more complicated. With four potential breakout players playing in the final year of their contracts, one of them being Cousins, the organization has big decisions to make. More than likely, if Cousins performs well, he and the Redskins will come to a long-term deal. However, this means that other talent will have to be released. Nevertheless, Cousins could find himself as a free agent if he underperforms.
Looking at Cousins from a fantasy perspective, he shows promise for the 2016 season. Last year, he was the number one overall quarterback in pass completions and was a top 10 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
After a full year as the starting quarterback, leading the Redskins to the NFC East title and a playoff berth, and new acquisitions of talent at the receiver position, Cousins is poised to reclaim his top 10 fantasy quarterback spot. And depending on his individual game performances, he could sneak into the top 5 for a couple weeks. Currently at #16 ADP for the quarterback position, look at drafting him late as a backup and a potential QB1 steal.