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Kirk Cousins on why he rejected long-term Redskins deal

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Kirk Cousins rejected a longterm contract offer from the Washington Redskins, and it's all because of one reason - God.

The 29-year-old quarterback got his nod at the starting position after the downfall of former first round pick Robert Griffin III (RG3) and instantly stood out as a legitimate starting National Football League (NFL) quarterback. Instead of accepting a long-term contract offer from the team, however, Cousins decided to be signed to a franchise tag that kept him in Washington for a second consecutive year. The contract featured a guaranteed $29 million that could have protected him in the wake of an unfortunate injury, but he claims a higher power told him it wasn't the right time.

Cousins could enter a third consecutive year of being the highest paid quarterback in the NFL on base salary, and could stand to make as high as $34 million if he is tagged yet again.

He recently spoke at Liberty University to discuss the situation, and explained how God told him to reject the contract offer (quotes via The Score):

"I prayed about it and said, "Lord, what do you want to do?" I just didn’t feel at peace about signing a long-term contract. I think the Lord communicates with us in many ways, and one of those ways is through his peace. And I just didn’t feel at peace.

"And I do believe that the Lord - at least in my life - likes to use one-year contracts and not long-term contracts. He likes to take me to the edge of the Red Sea and have me see there is water in front of me, there are mountains on either side, and there are Egyptians chasing me from behind.

"And He wants me to sit there for a moment and go, "God, You better show up." And then He parts the Red Sea and He’s done that time and again in my life, on the football field and off the football field."

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