Redskins QB Kirk Cousins likely to play under franchise tag

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins likely to play under franchise tag

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins likely to play under franchise tag

Per a source within knowledge of the situation, theres "nothing going on" between Cousins and Washington on the eve of the deadline for signing him to a long-term deal.

Last month, newly-promoted Washington Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams said the franchise wants Cousins to sign a long-term deal "in the worst way". During the period that Cousins is under the franchise tag, the Redskins have exclusive negotiation rights. Or maybe the 49ers would rather try their hand at landing a quarterback in the draft. He signed a two-year, $12-million deal this spring after spending the bulk of his eight-year career as a backup.

Meanwhile, no deals are close for Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell and Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, the other two franchised players who have yet to agree to long-term contracts.

The Washington Post is reporting that the Redskins may not come to terms on a contract with Kirk Cousins by the afternoon deadline. The Redskins are reportedly embroiled in an internal battle about just how much Cousins is worth.

Washington can place the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins for another season. I don't know, that's what negotiations are for, and it's possible Washington's management could come up with more dollars at the last moment.

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Within the transition tag is a player option to sign a one-year deal for a 20 percent raise with his original team.

Naturally, this has prompted the idea Cousins hits the free-agent market in 2018 and would likely be one of the highest paid quarterbacks to be targeted.

As far as the transition tag goes, which would cost the Redskins $28,732,320, the reason why that's less than the franchise tag is that it would give another National Football League team the ability to sign Cousins to an offer sheet.

And 2018 begins with the QB the 49ers wanted all along.

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