Jul 10, 2016, 6:28 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 10, 18 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 182 days ago. It will be 64 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Franchise tag contract deadline 5; Preseason opener @ Falcons 32; Final roster cut 55
The Redskins week that was
As you may have heard the deadline for the Redskins and their franchise tagged quarterback to reach a long-term deal is this Friday at 4 p.m. If a new contract is not signed, sealed, and delivered by then Kirk Cousins will play in 2016 for a guaranteed salary of $19.95 million and further negotiations will have to be put on hold until the end of the regular season.
You also may have seen reports that the deal won’t get done. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported the following on Friday:
For Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, the deadline is irrelevant; an impasse exists that won’t be broken in the next eight days.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, nothing is happening by way of negotiations between Cousins and the team, and nothing will be happening. The two sides won’t be reaching a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.
Adam Schefter of ESPN has been saying essentially the same thing for at least a month as have others. So there won’t be a long-term deal between Cousins and the Redskins.
Unless there is.
Deadlines drive deals. You don’t have to go back further than one year to find a case where reports of no deal as the tag contract deadline approached turned into reports of a done deal in a hurry.
In 2015 Demaryius Thomas was the Broncos franchise player. Here is a chunk of a PFT report from Florio that is dated July 13, 2015 two days before the deadline to get a long-term deal done:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s currently “not likely” that the Broncos and Thomas will work out a new contract before the close of business on Wednesday.
[Note: The July 15 deadline fell on a Wednesday last year.]
About 48 hours later PFT was reporting that Thomas and the Broncos had agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract. Things went from “not likely” to signed, sealed, and delivered in a hurry.
The point here is not to bust on Florio for being wrong. His report on Thomas was not an outlier at the time nor is his reporting on the current situations with the Redskins and Cousins different from what others are saying. The point is that these situations can change rapidly and they often do.
There is always incentive to get a deal done. For the player it’s security; for the team it’s financial and roster certainty. Whether those incentives are enough to push the two sides to bridge the gap between them remains to be seen. But the door is not closed until the deadline passes on Saturday.
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