The Redskins made a big mistake with Kirk Cousins, but it's not what you think
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By By JP Finlay

Kirk Cousins broke numerous Redskins passing records in three seasons as the starting quarterback. He stabilized the most important position on the field in a way that hadn't happened for more than 20 years. 

And now Cousins will play for another team.

For two straight offseasons, in 2016 and 2017, the Washington front office proved unable to get a long-term contract done with Cousins. This offseason, the team moved forward, acquiring Alex Smith from Kansas City and setting the scene for Cousins to walk in free agency.

For some fans, the biggest Redskins error came in not locking Cousins to the team for a multi-year deal. 

That's the overly simplisitc view. 

Sure, Washington messed up by not getting a deal done in 2016. Reports show Cousins wanted $19 million per season then, which would look like a bargain now. But at the time, Cousins was hardly a proven commodity. He played very well to finish the 2015 season, but that was a four-game stretch after an up-and-down 12 game start. 

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