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Old 14.07.2017, 02:48 PM
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These massive $125m contracts look great on paper and make headlines but the only thing that really matters is the guaranteed money.

The Redskins could've signed Cousins last year to a long term 5 year contract with a guaranteed $44m, money which they'll end up paying him anyway in 2016 and 17. They could've structured it with a relatively small signing bonus (like the Raiders did with Carr) but then guaranteed his basic salary for the first two years of his contract.

If they'd done that the Redskins would've given themselves much more flexibility. By front loading most of the guaranteed money, you give yourself a get-out clause with minimal damage to any future dead money if Cousins turned out to be a dud. And if Cousins is the real deal then you still have a franchise QB under contract for another 3-4 years.
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