Kirk Cousins is very frustrated.
As negotiations over his contract drag on, the Washington Redskins quarterback is in limbo about his future.
The 27-year-old was named starter for the Redskins this season over hotshot Robert Griffin III and finished the season with a 9-7 record. The team were expected to make Cousins an offer to build the franchise around him, but Cousins has revealed to Loaded that a suitable offer hasn’t been forthcoming.
“I haven’t signed,” he tells Loaded. “I’m in a unique spot right now. I’m working on negotiations but haven’t signed yet.”
“They’ve got to make me an offer to sign me back or make the decision to let me go”
He continued: “Really the ball is in the team’s court. They’ve got to make me an offer to sign me back or make the decision to let me go.
“I would prefer to stay with the team, but that all comes down to them and how they want to handle it.”
Cousins admits that he’s with the right side presently to realise his dreams in the NFL.
He enthused: “It’s a brand new start for next season. We learned last season what that really means. We were in last place in our division two years ago, then last season we went all the way up to first place.
“It’s a brand new year, so we start all over but we feel like the pieces are in place to have an exciting season.”
Cousins is reported to be looking a raise on his current $660,000 salary, but the impasse in negotiations could see him leave as a free agent.
Cousins is an ambitious player, and hearing him speak you get the feeling he has the temperament to bring a team to the Super Bowl in the future.
“I learned a lot about my game and how to prepare off the way Peyton has done it”
One of his heroes at the Super Bowl this weekend is Denver Broncos quarter back Peyton Manning – who is reported to be considering retirement after the game this weekend.
That’s something which Cousins hopes Manning can achieve. It would give him his second Super Bowl ring.
“I grew up watching him,” Cousins recalls.
“I learned a lot about my game and how to prepare off the way Peyton has done it. He was someone who has set the standard for the rest of us to follow. If it is going to be his last game I’d love to see him go out on top, and finish the right away.
“Either way, he’s had an unbelievable hall of fame career that may make him the best of all time.”
Manning’s opponent on Sunday is the eccentric Cam Newton, favourite to be MVP of the league. Newton has blown everyone away – including Cousins.
“He is a special talent and he’s exciting. He’s an entertainer, and he’s very good for our game.”
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Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran