Washington Redskins starting quarterback Kirk Cousins could have signed a $53 million dollar deal with the D.C. franchise that would have made him the second highest paid player in the NFL by average, but Cousins decided to pass on the long-term contract in favor of a one-year commitment worth $23.9 million.
When asked why he turned down the massive offer, which apparently also included $72 million to cover potential injuries, the veteran QB told CBS Sports that his “faith is ultimately driving this decision.”
“First of all, what rarely ever gets reported is that ultimately this decision is not about anything more importantly than my faith,” Cousins said. “My faith is ultimately driving this decision. Do I feel like the Lord is leading me to make this decision or that decision and where does he give me peace?”
Cousins explained that it was the Lord who guided him to Washington in 2012, and he will continue to trust in God’s plan for him and his family.
“He brought me to D.C. then. He had a plan for me,” he continued. “I didn’t know if it was going to be for football or for something else, but he placed me in Washington, D.C. for a reason. I believe that with my whole heart, and as a result, I was content to be patient and allow time to reveal that and to continue to just wait on the Lord. And he has revealed that, and he’s done far more in my five seasons here in Washington than I ever thought he would.
While people may question his decision to once again take a one-year deal despite the uncertainty surrounding injury and diminished performance in the NFL, Cousins is as confident as he as ever been that everything will work out the way it is supposed to.
“And so here I sit and people are saying, ‘It appears to be a dead end. After this year, what’s going to happen to Kirk?’ And I would say it’s the same answer: I’m trusting the Lord.”
(H/T: Deseret News)