The NFL owners have said they will not move forward with the trade of Cousins from Washington to the Cincinnati Bengals if they can’t agree on a long-term deal by Sunday.
Article Continued BelowArticle Continued Here are the key moments from the day:• The owners met Thursday to discuss a long term contract for Cousins.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has called Cousins the league’s “most valuable player” and said he will be an unrestricted free agent next month, has said that he will make his decision in the coming days.• The Bengals, who have not released a contract for the former No. 2 overall pick, will have to decide whether to give him a new deal or make a trade.• Bengals owner Mike Brown said on Thursday that he wants to “get him some long-range, long-standing” money in return for Cousins and that they are “very, very close” to reaching an agreement.• Brown told reporters he is not going to trade Cousins, despite the Redskins agreeing to give up a first-round pick in 2017.
He also said he wants him to be part of a team that wins the Super Bowl next year, but that they will be “open to other ideas.”
Brown also said that Bengals general manager John Elway, the franchise’s owner, is willing to do the right thing if Cousins does not return.
Elway said the franchise would not have Cousins in Cincinnati if it had been willing to trade him in the past.