It was widely expected that Cousins would force his way out of Washington via trade and although nothing to date has materialized, it hasn’t silenced the whispers.
Cousins, who is playing again under the franchise tag, spoke about his future with the Washington Post.
“I want to be where I’m wanted, and that’s what I’ve said all along,” Cousins said.
“When a team is willing to step up and commit to me fully for the long haul, then why would I want to be anywhere else? I mean, this is an incredible fan base. It’s one of the top five fan bases in the history of the NFL. It goes all the way back to the early 1930s. There’s three Super Bowl trophies, there’s multiple Hall of Famers, there’s high character players still living in the area — Darrell Green, Art Monk, guys that we can learn from.
“I love this organization and want to see us get back to those glory days that they had with Coach (Joe) Gibbs in the ’80s and early ’90s. And I want to add to that great history. There’s really no reason to want to look elsewhere. It’s a matter of wanting to be where you’re wanted, and I think that’s what all of us want — not just in football but in any walk of life.”
Cousins and the Redskins have a lot of work to do when it comes to agreeing on a new deal. Cousins is likely to fetch a hefty contract.
“Whatever happens, happens, and I think for me, I play better when I feel like I’m still ascending the mountain,” Cousins said.
“I think I play better when people say ‘keep showing us what you’ve got, keep showing us.’ And whatever’s going to get me to play at a high level is what I want to do. So I’m okay with it, and we’re just gonna keep going year by year.”