Kirk Cousins to become first QB to repeat as franchise tag player

Kirk Cousins to become first QB to repeat as franchise tag player

Kirk Cousins to become first QB to repeat as franchise tag player

On Tuesday, Cousins responded (via Albert Breer of The MMQB), saying he's "been called Kurt my entire [life]".

Washington could use the franchise tag for an unprecedented third year, but at the cost of almost $35.4 million.

The 4pm deadline for the Washington Redskins to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long term deal has passed without a deal being reached.

"I just felt peace about not making an offer and putting it in the team's court", Cousins said, via Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post.

Should Cousins reach free agency, even with a down year, there are enough quarterback-starved teams to create a market that could pay him $100 million in guarantees, according to former sports agent Joel Corry.

Plus, with the franchise tag already assigned, there was also no reason to do a deal in May until Cousins saw if Derek Carr was rewarded a contract extension and the numbers that came with it.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins walks off of the field after the Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers.

Redskins' hope for signing Cousins fades • As they entered the final hours of their window to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal, the Washington Redskins' chances remained bleak. If the Redskins use the transition tag on him for 2018, the bare minimum he will be guaranteed over the next two years is approximately $52.7 million.

It is the first time in National Football League history that a quarterback will play under the tag in back-to-back seasons. Cousins, 28, set franchise records with 4,166 and 4,917 yards the past two seasons, but has yet to win a playoff game. It mirrors how the team handled the situation past year, basically wanting Cousins to prove himself on the franchise tag before giving him a huge extension.

It's easy to see why Cousins would test free agency in 2018 considering how Washington has treated him during contract negotiations.

The Kirk Cousins saga has heated up in recent days with the deadline for teams to extend franchise tag players approaching. At the very least, that would have kick-started a legitimate conversation - or it would have forced Cousins' hand. I loved his system right away and saw it successfully run with Robert Griffin. If he does not end up back in Washington, the most likely destination for Cousins might be the San Francisco 49ers.

It seems that Cousins wants those changes to marinate a bit and see how they work out as the season unfolds. Cousins and all involved have faith in Schaffer, a level-headed, organized and knowledgeable professional who has helped keep a sometimes drama-strained front office on track for more than a decade.

Between the conclusion of minicamp last month and training camp, Cousins said that he was going to take his downtime to unwind a little bit before once again going through the demands of a 16-game regular season.

Whether you believe Cousins is worth $20M, or $25M, or even $30M a year, there are teams out there who do. They're just not sure if they want to be the ones to give him that much money, and would rather go year-to-year as long as possible before having to decide. Cousins played two seasons under 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan when he was the Redskins' offensive coordinator.

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