NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting WashingtonRedskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will likely play the 2017 season under the franchise tag, "which both sides are okay with".
Cousins will make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 after $19.95 million previous year.
Team president Bruce Allen said in a prepared statement that the Redskins' goal was to sign Cousins to a long-term contract and offered him $53 million guaranteed or $72 million in the event of injury. The transition tag price would be lower, but would also allow for other teams to make offers to Cousins (Washington would be allowed to match any offer). It is unlikely that Washington would want to spend that kind of money in 2018.
The Redskins will have an exclusive negotiating window with Cousins between the end of the season and the start of free agency in March.
In two years this team is going to be a total dumpster fire. But Washington was unwilling to pay Cousins an average of the $23.94 million he is set to receive on this year's franchise tag, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported. The deadline for signing Cousins to a long-term deal is on Tuesday. Unlike the National Basketball Association, where the numbers are all vaguely similar for top free agents and decisions mainly come down to where the player wants to play, Cousins's decision will likely come down to which of these teams decides to overpay the most.
Allen's accent is the thing that makes his pronunciation of Cousins' first name a little tough to discern, but that doesn't make it a good excuse as a part of the big picture.
Shanahan helped develop Cousins into one of the league's top up-and-coming quarterbacks.
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Owner Dan Snyder became more involved shortly before the draft, taking Cousins out to dinner and communicating with him through various means to let him know of his desire to retain him. His 12,113 yards in five seasons ranks sixth on the franchise passing yards list.
"It has always been my first choice to be with the Redskins", Cousins said. That's something that Cousins and Washington seem to disagree on. "While the ball is in my court during the season to play football well, the ball certainly goes back to the Redskins' court to continue this process", Cousins said.
Cousins threw for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2016.
The proposal also called for Cousins to essentially play for less in the seasons of 2019 through 2022.
"I understand where (Allen) and the organization are coming from", Cousins said.
The surprise move comes nine days before the Panthers open training camp on July 26 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
The storyline of Cousins' impending free agency is bound to make headlines throughout this upcoming season. The network locked up Cousins before he was named the starter in the summer of 2015; program director Chris Kinard said Cousins has accepted below-market deals to stay with the station out of loyalty. If the deadline had been October or November, maybe we get a deal done.
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