Redskins QB Cousins to play another season on franchise tag

Jonathan Hernandez
July 18, 2017

Monday's leaguewide deadline for teams to sign their franchise-tagged players to long-term deals came and went without the Redskins striking a multiyear agreement with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Kirk Cousins enters his second consecutive season playing for the Washington Redskins under NFL's franchise tag. According to an ESPN report, the 28 year-old would be receptive to negotiating with the Redskins during the next offseason.

For his career, Cousins has appeared in 46 regular season games with 41 starts, completing 1,025-of-1,556 pass attempts for 12,113 yards with 72 touchdowns and 42 interceptions - all with the Redskins.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is in the driver's seat as contract negotiations go. If the Redskins want to place the franchise tag on Cousins for a third time, they will be forced to pay him $34,478,784 next year, which doesn't seem like something the team will be willing to do. "While we would like to work out a long-term contract before this season, we accept this decision", Allen said.

Assuming something surprising doesn't happen, it's going to mean that Cousins will enter the 2018 National Football League offseason with the potential to still work out a long-term deal with the Redskins.

Unfortunately for the front office, Griffin never matriculated into the "savior" of the franchise they had marketed him to be despite a spectacular rookie season during which he led the Redskins to a division title and a playoff appearance.

Three quarterbacks have been in the news recently.

Given how things have gone over the past two years, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins won't be coming to a deal.

Earlier on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported the Redskins made their "best offer" to Cousins. Last year, he made $19.9 million under the tag. The 49ers have a league-high $66.8 million in salary-cap space this year, a cushion that will roll over to next season.

"I think being a starting quarterback you should be a leader and feel good no matter what his contract status is", Gruden said in March. Maybe it'll be the 49ers, who are coached by ex-Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The first way is that Cousins is set up to earn a huge, long-term deal following the season.

Should Cousins hit free agency, he'd likely command an unprecedented salary, as talented, proven, healthy quarterbacks in their prime nearly never hit the open market.

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