The Washington Redskins have reportedly tabled contract talks with starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and do not seem interested in scheduling any further negotiations.
This is most likely a negotiating tactic; however the Redskins have more to lose than just Kirk Cousins. Cousins will be entering a free agency period where plenty of teams are looking for their starting quarterback. The Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Texans, and Denver Broncos could all be salivating at the thought of getting a chance to give Cousins and offer after his stellar 2015 campaign.
Cousins works incredibly well for the Redskins system however he has not shown any promise to anyone other than this season. The Redskins currently have around $11 million in cap space and will struggle to resign to productive quarterback. The Redskins would likely need to free up some cap room in the first place to even have a shot at signing Cousins.
The Redskins will also have Terrance Knighton, Alfred Morris, Junior Galette, and Darrel Young all hitting free agency so they may need to release most of their available players to have a realistic shot at resigning Cousins. Cousins really holds the leverage in these negotiations and that is something the Redskins will have to get used too.