“It was the right decision,” Cousins said on ESPN 980’s Inside the Locker Room Thursday. “When you look at the options, it makes a ton of sense to keep continuity. Those were the guys in the meeting rooms and know what I as a quarterback and what the other quarterbacks need, what we like, what has worked. That’s the way to do it. We’ve got the right mix. It helps to have more experience in this system to where there can be more on our shoulders, too.”
Still, Allen, speaking to team-owned ESPN 980 in Houston, site of the Super Bowl, said, “I don’t think it’s as complicated as everyone wants to make it. And we’ll get together with his agent, and I’m sure we’ll come to an agreement.”
Once signed, the Redskins can still trade Cousins. However, they’d have to give Cousins permission to speak with teams and try and work out a contract. He can't seek one without permission. No team would trade picks without knowing whether he’d sign a long-term deal. And, let’s say a team traded for him but left him on the tag.
The reason that Galette was not a pending free agent despite having signed a one-year deal last spring is that he spent the season on the non-football (NFI) list. He suffered his second torn Achilles a few days before training camp while working out on his own. As unfair as it may seem, an injury suffered while working out off of team property is considered a non-football injury. A player on NFI does not get paid and if he misses the whole year as Galette did his contract rolls over to the next season.