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

Washington places franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

For years, the Washington Redskins have been seeking stability at quarterback, signing free agents and orchestrating massive trades trying to accomplish that. And just when the team finally found an answer in Kirk Cousins, it now faces the prospect of losing him as he enters his prime.

After another offseason of failed negotiations on a long-term contract, Cousins will play this season under a $24 million franchise tag. It's the second consecutive year he's been franchised.

That became official at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, when the deadline for tagged players to sign long-term deals passed. The two sides cannot negotiate again until the offseason.

By then, after months of this hanging over the team and player every week, the storyline should even be more twisted.

There are ways the two sides could still hug and reach a deal after the 2017 season. But if the Redskins wanted that, don’t you think it would be done already?

They can franchise Cousins a third time, but that would cost more than $34 million. A transition tag in 2018 would be roughly $28 million but would allow other teams a much more palatable opportunity to enter negotiations, though Washington could match any offer.

 

That became official at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, when the deadline for tagged players to sign long-term deals passed. The two sides cannot negotiate again until the offseason.

By then, after months of this hanging over the team and player every week, the storyline should even be more twisted.

There are ways the two sides could still hug and reach a deal after the 2017 season. But if the Redskins wanted that, don’t you think it would be done already?

They can franchise Cousins a third time, but that would cost more than $34 million. A transition tag in 2018 would be roughly $28 million but would allow other teams a much more palatable opportunity to enter negotiations, though Washington could match any offer.

 

 

 

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