Washington will consider placing franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

Lawrence Cooper
February 5, 2018

The Redskins want to franchise tag Kirk Cousins so they can trade him, according to a report. A successful draft and signing Kirk Cousins to be the franchise quarterback could have the Browns contending for a playoff spot sooner than some would expect. Therefore, they're more likely to seriously pursue the next tier of quarterbacks, including Cincinnati's AJ McCarron, whoever shakes out from the Vikings, and other potential free agents. Everyone essentially received their answer when the Redskins made the move to acquire Smith, but Washington could still get something for Cousins while also regaining some of the compensation it sent to the Chiefs for Smith. Remember, franchise tags can't be placed on players until February 20, but the Smith trade can't be made official until the new league year begins March 14.

Instead, Washington could place a franchise tag on him and not only get something back for him, but control where he goes.

Although all signs point to Smith taking over as the starter for the Redskins, that might not stop the team from placing the franchise tag on Cousins for the third consecutive year, according to Schefter. Cousins may also hold off on signing the franchise tag if there is no sign he could get a long-term deal that he wants from the team he is possibly traded to. "But after that season we knew the franchise tag came into play and it certainly dictated this entire process".

Last month, the Chiefs agreed to ship Smith to Washington for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Once that date passes, as it did for Cousins and the Redskins the last two years, players are stuck on a one-year deal.

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Sure, they could. They have two second-round picks this year (37th and 49th).

After this trade, that leaves about five teams that are in the mix for a quarterback this offseason: the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns. "I haven't had a chance to pick where I wanted to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State". However, you have names like Cousins and Drew Brees that could be interesting names to follow for teams needing a big name to lead their huddle. Franchising Coucins would cost Washington $34.5 million.

"Anytime you hear positive things from your peers it means a great deal", Cousins told USA Today. He tweeted the tag was "negotiated into CBA for teams to have "intent" to sign players long term". The comp could come by way of trade or if they use the non-exclusive tag, they could receive draft picks.

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