Destined for another season under franchise tag

Destined for another season under franchise tag

Destined for another season under franchise tag

In a public statement, the Redskins placed the blame squarely on franchise player Kirk Cousins' camp for the sides' inability to reach a long-term agreement by Monday's 4pm ET deadline.

Cousins ($23.94 million) and Johnson ($16.74 million) signed their one-year tenders, but Bell has not.

The financial side of the National Football League rarely makes its way onto teams' websites, but Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen broke with that usual standard just after a second year of Kirk Cousins negotiations failed to produce a deal. The value for marquee quarterbacks was recently set when the Oakland Raiders gave Derek Carr a new five-year contract worth up to $125 million.

The transition tag would allow Washington to match any offer Cousins received from another team.

With the deadline come and gone, no deal was signed between Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins.

Shanahan and Cousins were only together for two seasons, but the then-offensive coordinator remained a big fan of the quarterback even after leaving Washington. The Redskins could have locked Cousins into a long-term deal at any time before now, dating back to when he took over from Robert Griffin III in the 2014 season.

And we can all see how carefully the 49ers have maneuvered around the QB position in Shahanan's first few months here.

Where things stand: Cousins appears fine betting on himself and playing another season on the franchise tag.

If Cousins plays well this season, his asking price only will increase.

After Cousins refused to sign yesterday, Redskins president Bruce Allen claimed they offered him $53 million in guaranteed money. That's what Allen did Monday by making a preemptive case that Washington has handled the negotiations properly but Cousins won't come to the table. He will make $24 million for the season. It's the second consecutive year he's been franchised. Some people want to keep him, some people don't want to keep Cousins.

Breaking down the numbers further (based on reports that the total offer was 5 years, $110 million extension after the 2017 season) means that Cousins would actually make less in 2019 and beyond than he's making now. Someone will pay Cousins in a quarterback-needy league.

If Washington uses the franchise tag again for 2018, Cousins would get a 44 percent raise to $34.47 million, or they could transition tag him at a cost of $28.78 million.

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