By Nick Ashooh
So we can breathe easy now right?
We're officially off the Kirk Cousins roller coaster, and taking the nice, safe Alex Smith lazy river that won't involve anymore daily quarterback drama that sucks the life out of the Redskins' fan base you say?
Not so fast my friend.
Yes, we don't have to spend our time saying "Kirk Cousins' contract". No, we're not free of quarterback drama in DC.
Over the next three years, every throw, every game, and every interview of both Cousins and Smith will be compared to eachother. You can say you don't care anymore, you can say you've moved on from it, but like the ex you swear you don't think about, you'll still be stalking their Instagram and Facebook, wondering what they're up to at some point.
The thing is, that's understandable.
We may have purged ourselves of the 2012 Draft that brought us so much empty hope at the position, but there's always the "what if" sitting in the back of our minds.
First, it was Robert Griffin III that was supposed to be our savior. Then, Cousins was the Plan B that would clean up the mess.
Now, both are gone, and we're left with that stench of unfulfilled possibilities that smell eerily similar to that thing rotting in the Tupperware in the back of the fridge that was supposed to be a really good dinner.
Smith brings short term stability to the Redskins, at the most important position in sports. He also, continues to be pushed aside by teams that think they can win a Super Bowl with him not under center.
He's a short term solution. A smart one, but still a rebound for a team that needs a long-term commitment.
So say what you want. Say you've moved on. Like most break ups, the smoldering crater left behind is usually ignored at first. You pretend you don't see it. But soon, you'll start to get curious, and wonder what you're ex is up to.
Sure, Cousins and Smith could end up being similar in production. Cousins could also get to a Super Bowl with that Vikings team.
The Redskins were smart not to pay what Minnesota paid. The Vikings have far fewer holes than the Redskins right now. The issue with the Cousins situation though, will always be rooted in the drawn out process that could've cost less than what Alex Smith costs now, if they had just seen the bigger picture a couple of years ago.
That's what will always be remembered by this city, and always keep the "what if" lingering.
Deny it all you want, but you will see it show it's face at some point.
Remember though, once you start to snoop, you may not like what you see.
You also may not like thinking about what could have been.