On Monday night’s edition of NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2017,” Kirk Cousins was revealed at No. 70. Ranking three slots higher than six-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers, Cousins has a pretty high standing on this list, which was voted on by the players themselves. Interesting that the players are so high on Cousins’ game when his team doesn’t appear to be quite as certain.
For the second straight year, Cousins is set to play under the franchise tag, having been unable to strike a long-term deal with the Washington Redskins. Consequently, the future’s unclear for this 28-year-old signal caller who has posted some pretty impressive numbers over the past two seasons: 17-14-1 record with a 99.3 passer rating, 68.3 completion percentage and 54:23 TD-to-INT ratio.
So .. Is Kirk Cousins a franchise quarterback?
Cousins isn’t elite, but he’s most definitely someone to build around
Yes. It’d be a different story if you were asking if Cousins is elite. That is rarefied air he might never catch a whiff of during his career. But he already has shown that he is a franchise quarterback.
Cousins led the
Redskins to the playoffs in his first year as a full-time starter. He set the team record for passing yards in a season — and ranked in the top 10 in passer rating — in each of the last two years. Cousins also has done all this while trying to prove to his bosses that he deserves a long-term deal.