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'Trusting in the Lord': Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins passes on $53 million deal

Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins told CBS Sports that his faith influenced his decision to turn down the $53 million long-term contract for the Redskins.
Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins told CBS Sports that his faith influenced his decision to turn down the $53 million long-term contract for the Redskins.
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NFL starting quarterback Kirk Cousins could have been the second highest-paid player by average in NFL history had he signed the $53 million long-term deal with the Redskins, reported CBS Sports. When considering the additional $72 million that would also have been available to cover injuries, it’s an offer few would pass up — but Cousins wanted approval from a higher source before choosing to stay in Washington for the long haul, another CBS article stated.

“My faith is ultimately driving this decision,” Cousins told CBS Sports. “Do I feel like the Lord is leading me to make this decision or that decision and where does he give me peace?”

Relying on divine guidance isn’t anything new for Cousins, who believes he wouldn’t be in the NFL today without help from above.

“He brought me to D.C. then. He had a plan for me,” Cousins told CBS Sports. “I didn’t know if it was going to be 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.”

In the article, Cousins also contradicted the naysayers who may question his decision. Asserting that God has been a key player in his past, Cousins restated that the divine will continue to influence his future.

“And he has revealed that, and he’s done far more in my five seasons here in Washington than I ever thought he would," he said. "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 in the Lord.”