“My approach really is just going to be, I’m not going to be concerned about it, really,” Gruden said, speaking from a charity golf tournament hosted by Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. “I know he’s going to be here this season, that’s all I care about, and whatever happens happens with his agent and our organization.”
From Gruden’s perspective, he has the 2017 season to think about. Whether Cousins plays under the $24 million franchise tag or with a different contract having been negotiated, Gruden knows he’ll have him under center, since the Redskins do not plan to trade Cousins.
“I’m excited to coach Kirk for a third year in a row,” Gruden said. “He’s got two good years under his belt in our system, and I think it’s going to be very good for him, and you’re going to see major growth from him again, and you know, I’d love to have him for a long-term deal, but this is the year I’m worried about.”
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