Russini's tweet pretty much said that "there isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy...this is deeper". I guess I didn't think a starting offer of $20M a year and two franchise tags worth $44M for two years caused ANY level of resentment, nonetheless a deep one lol...maybe if he broke numerous NFL records and was the MVP of the Super Bowl, sure.
I know, that's why I said you and I felt the same way lol...*thumbsup*
For me, what wasn't speculation was whether or not Allen and Kirk's agent had any face-to-face meetings this offseason. The only face-to-face meeting between Allen and Cousins' side was the meeting Cousins instigated, and he seemed sincere when he said he came away convinced that Allen and Snyder truly did want him to be their long-term starter at QB. If meeting with Allen and Snyder lead to that type of feeling in Kirk, I imagine having that type of meeting with Kirk's agent may have lead to those types of feelings in him as well. I mean, I haven't heard any reports of negative tones being set between the two sides...so I have to assume there was no tone set by Allen and Snyder--which I guess could, by default, be considered a negative tone if looked at that way lol...
I'm not gonna hold Williams accountable for whatever the media grabs hold of and runs with. The whole idea that Williams might actually feel that way about Sudfeld seemed to be flushed down the toilet way too quickly and easily. And could Williams' comment about Sudfeld going in the 1st or 2nd round of this draft have been a commentary on:
a) the quality of QBs in the draft, or
b ) how teams seemed to lose their collective **** trying to trade up and grab a QB? (it's been said that played a big role as to why J. Allen dropped to us)...
Of course neither of those possibilities were actually discussed, not really...because it was far juicier in the media's eyes to claim that Williams was trying to hype up Sudfeld being on the roster to the fans because he knew things weren't going well on the contract front for Cousins.
Because as I said, that conversation has already taken place. They already know the answers to any questions about McCoy. They don't need to start discussing it again, nothing has changed with Colt since they last discussed it. He hasn't played anymore games, he hasn't thrown anymore TDs, he hasn't looked better, he hasn't looked worse. Pretty much every single front office of every single NFL team thinks well ahead. The Skins' FO is no different. It was reported that Allen and Snyder were thinking of possible replacements for McCloughan like 10 months before he was terminated. At first it was perceived as evidence of Allen's power grab, but after Scot was fired "with cause" and that leaked story about problems with McCloughan started as far back as 2015, it doesn't ge brought up anymore. Trust me, they've had the discussion about McCoy numerous times with Gruden and their conclusions about him have been reached well before now. They've already imagined several realistic scenarios and what paths they can take in each one. They've had their scouts keeping an eye on college QBs, and their pro scouts keeping tabs on which free agent QBs will be available. They are not just now starting to wonder about McCoy again.
A week ago (I think), Russini brought up McCoy on whatever segment she hosts on Sportscenter or NFL Network or wherever she works lol...remember? She asked Polian (again, I think) about what if Cousins' agent said Kirk will sign but you have to get rid of McCoy...Polian shot that **** down instantly by saying he'd tell the agent to STFU and get the hell out of his office lol...I remember thinking "Of COURSE Russini would being up Colt as if he's a vialble issue in all of this" because of the (then) recent report about Cousins supposedly not liking McCoy. Most media members pretty much blew it off as either bull**** or irrelevant after a day or two of discussion. I wasn't surprised, though, that Russini would inject it into the discussion. Which is what I also said when I read that part in your post about Russini doubling down on McCoy still playing a role in all of this.