Kirk Cousins is happy to be a member of the Washington Redskins, but after the 2017 season, he wants to keep his options open.

After declining to sign the deal offered to him by the Redskins this summer, Cousins said he’s comfortable playing under the franchise tag and would prefer to keep his options open after the season. The NFL’s lack of fully guaranteed contracts has made him weary of agreeing to a long-term contract.

“A lot of it goes back to, these contracts are not baseball contracts; they’re not basketball contracts,” Cousins said, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. “As a result, you’re not really signing a five-year deal, you’re not really signing a six-year deal. You’re signing a two-year deal, and then there is an obligation for several years after that. And that just didn’t sit well with me, and I’m better off, if those are my options, I’m better off signing a one-year deal and then having freedom …

“In the league, there’s so much change, so much turnover year after year, I think it makes a lot of sense to re-evaluate where we’re at, where the league’s at at the end of this season.”

Cousins has invested a lot into his own faith and ability to know when things feel “right.” He said things never felt right in long-term negotiations so he didn’t sign. Cousins did the same when choosing to play college ball at Michigan State. He had offers from other schools, but didn’t get the right feeling from any of them before the Spartans came calling.

“Michigan State offered in the 11th hour, and even before they offered, I visited the school and it felt right,” said Cousins. “And much the same way right now – I just didn’t feel at peace about it at this time, and I wanted more time to pass.

“That was reason No. 1, and there’s other ways you can protect yourself, through insurance policies and things like that, where you have answers if the worst does happen.”

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