Here's a good question: Since WHEN are the Redskins too picky to sign the 10th best quarterback in the NFL? Sources close to the Redskins Front Office situation surrounding the signing of Kirk Cousins aren't sure if Kirk will "win the big game" or take his skills to the next level (presumably top ten or even top five QB in the NFL). Somehow the Redskins are meh on Cousins despite him throwing over 4,000 yards in consecutive seasons and are not "high on Cousins" despite Kirk leading the team to consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 20 years. The reasoning, or lack thereof, involves the Head Coach, how Kirk was treated by the owner during the RG3 marriage, and the "new" GM's philosophy.
As with many other NFL organizations, there are various philosophical differences within any one team. The Redskins are faced with an unusual situation after twenty years without a General Manager. The Redskins now have two General Managers (unofficially). Bruce Allen and Scot McCloughin. Bruce Allen is technically the Team President but he was hired in Washington to be a General Manager and is responsible for the hiring of the Redskins Head Coach- Jay Gruden, among many other Tampa connections from Allen's prior stint as GM with the Buccaneers.
Scot Mcloughin was hired to be "the GM" and for the first time in three decades, the Redskins had a proven talent evaluator at General Manager. The conflict between Bruce Allen and Scot McCloughin goes beyond Kirk Cousins. It's at the organization level. NFL Teams are operated based on their strategies. A team strategy truly involves buy-in at all levels. Scot McCloughin's strategy is and has always been a defense-first approach. However, McCloughin did not hire the offense minded Jay Gruden. Bruce Allen hired Jay Gruden. Bruce Allen was the defacto GM when Gruden was hired so it can be implied that Bruce Allen's strategy at the time of the hiring of Jay Gruden was an offense-first strategy. There in lies the conflict of the Washington Redskins. GM1 wanted the "Greatest Show on Turf" (albeit with RG3 initially) & GM2 now wants the next "Legion of Boom". Because of the NFL Salary Cap, you can't have both. So who calls the shots? The strategy taken could ultimately determine if Kirk Cousins will be the Redskins quarterback long term.
"If Kirk Cousins plays under the "non-exclusive" franchise tag they will most likely lose him to free agency." Says long time & knowledgeable Redskins Analyst- Kevin Sheehan of ESPN 980 (Redskins Radio) during the morning show on January 30, 2017. At this point, the two sides seem distant on a deal which points to the franchise tag & likely no Kirk. Most Redskins fans hope they sign Kirk but neither GM drafted (by choice) him & neither Redskins manager has given him the praise he deserves.