Over the past few months, a consensus about Kirk Cousins has emerged: that the Redskins botched his contract situation, and that the franchise is now paying the price. The principal mistake came last offseason, when the Redskins failed to secure a long-term deal with Cousins, forcing him into a one-year "prove it" campaign under the franchise tag. He proved it, and now the price of his services has increased. A lot.
But sometimes included in that critique is implicit sympathy for Cousins,
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