Washington Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins could have been a really rich man with terrific job security. We already knew team president Bruce Allen tried desperately to lock Cousins down with a record-setting deal. Now we know why Cousins said no.

Cousins spoke at Liberty University’s convocation last Friday and revealed he had a revelation through prayer that God prefers one-year contracts to long-term deals. His comments, which occur at the 13:55 mark of the below video, were transcribed by Liberty University:

“I prayed about it, 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.”

That’s quite a metaphor. Although Cousins doesn’t have much job security, he still ended up getting paid handsomely with a one-year, $24 million deal, giving him the highest base salary in the NFL for the second straight season. It’s a bit of a gamble, but so far the strategy has worked out.

If you’re going to take some gambles with your career, maybe an omniscient presence is the right guy to ask for advice.

[h/t Bleacher Report]

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