Dave’s Take: Redskins wouldn’t bet on Cousins

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday night while the State of the Union Address was going on, the state of the Redskins was being addressed and it had to be. Time was not on the Redskins’ side

As the Kansas City Star first reported, the Redskins are set to complete a deal for Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith. He has been the Chiefs’ starting quarterback the last five seasons, including four playoff appearances.

This signals the end of Kirk Cousins’ awkward time here in D.C. The Redskins did pay a steep price because they will send cornerback Kendall Fuller, a rising star, and a third-round draft pick, to the Chiefs to complete the deal for Smith.

We have reached this point because the Redskins were not willing to pay what they viewed as a steep price for Cousins. From dutiful understudy to Robert Griffin the third; Cousins emerged as confident starting quarterback and smiling face of the franchise.

That’s what we saw. The Redskins did not. They didn’t commit to Cousins when it would not have been as costly. By not accepting the Redskins’ offers, Cousins bet on himself. The Redskins were no longer in position to gamble on a courtship with Cousins.

With free agency looming in March, the Redskins had to be what they were not with Kirk Cousins: purposeful and proactive.

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Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Senior Sports Director and morning sports anchor. He first arrived at WTOP in 1989, left in 1992 and returned in 1995. He is a three-time winner of the A.I.R. award as best radio sportscaster in D.C. In 2008 he won the Edward R. Murrow award for best writing for sports commentaries.

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