Kirk Cousins is ‘very close’ to signing with Redskins

Kirk Cousins is ‘very close’ to signing with Redskins

Kirk Cousins, who will be the team’s starting quarterback on Sunday, said Wednesday that he’s “very close” to signing a contract extension.

The Redskins signed veteran tight end Niles Paul to a five-year, $70 million deal in December, but Cousins said he had talked with Paul during the season about whether he wanted to stay in Washington.

“I have to say I told Niles, I said to him, ‘Hey, I’ll sign whatever you want,'” Cousins said.

“It was a little bit of a situation where we didn’t have a long-term contract there.

So, I thought it was important for him to stay and help us and see what’s possible.”

The Redskins’ season is already over after the team fired coach Jay Gruden on Oct. 31.

Cousins, whose two-year deal expires after the 2019 season, is under contract through 2021 with a $24 million cap hit.

“We’re in the midst of our contract,” Cousins said of the extension.

“That’s the plan.

It’s all in the hands of the front office.”