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Washington will consider placing franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

Washington will consider placing franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

He would be the top free agent on the market, with several motivated suitors, and could sign the richest contract in National Football League history. However, this may not happen. Schefter reports that instead of just taking the 2019 compensatory pick they would get if Cousins left in free agency, the Redskins might try to flip the Pro Bowler for a 2018 pick.

Ultimately, it seems unlikely a tag-and-trade scenario will actually take place, but it is at least something Washington is considering, for what that is worth. However, I am not a fan of this move at all.

Now that his first year has come to an end, everyone has enough "tape" of the rookie broadcaster to fire back with a few jokes.

Why is the franchise tag bad for the Washington Redskins? During that entire time, Schefter notes that the $34.5 million tag would still be accounted for against the salary cap.

Weis, the former offensive coordinator of the Jets, Patriots and Chiefs, told cleveland.com that his advice to the Cousins was "don't go to a team just because they offer you the most money". This is where this gets tricky. "I would enjoy gathering the information and talking with him and learning more about Denver along with the other teams that are out there". If Cousins wants to screw over the franchise, he could sit on this for as long as possible.

The Browns, with more than $110 million in cap space, can make him the best offer.

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In the aftermath of the Redskins' move to acquire Alex Smith from the Chiefs, the team reportedly is considering placing its franchise tag on Kirk Cousins. There's a chance that Cousins could be the quarterback that's missing for each of those teams, putting them all on level footing.

Making the rounds in the lead-up to the Super Bowl, Cousins said Friday he was surprised the Redskins traded for Smith.

The transition tag is much like the non-exclusive franchise tag. Once that date passes, as it did for Cousins and the Redskins the last two years, players are stuck on a one-year deal.

There could be an alternate scenario with this tag. Cousins works out a deal with another team. But in order for Washington to trade Cousins, he would first have to sign the franchise tag tender.

"Coach Gruden called me the next day and communicated that my desire to draw the process out through March was going to make it tough on them", Cousins said.

Tagging Cousins also gives the Redskins some say on where he plays next season, particularly since there are several NFC teams - with the Cardinals near the top of the list - looking for stability at the quarterback position.


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