Both sides fine with Kirk Cousins playing out tag

Ruben Hill
July 17, 2017

The Redskins have been looking for a franchise QB for nearly three decades and, considering his beginnings here in Washington, Cousins was not supposed to be in the position he is in now. Again, this should come with little shock to most fans.

According to reports from ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Cousins will not ink a long-term deal with the Redskins before Monday's 4pm deadline to sign players who have been franchise tagged to a long-term contract.

Florio said if there is no long term deal after this season, Cousins could make $28.7 million under a transition tag or $37.4 million under a franchise tag.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Profootballtalk.com reports there is "nothing going on" in contract negotiations between the Redskins and franchise player Kirk Cousins. If the Redskins and Cousins can not come to terms on an agreement, it would mean that he would have to bet on his play improving for a third year in a row.

Washington needs to see much more than that from Cousins.

Signing Cousins to a long-term deal after the 2017 season is not the only way for the Redskins to keep their record-setting quarterback for 2018 and beyond.

It seems unquestionable at this point that Cousins has won this standoff against Washington.

Schefter reported that Cousins is open to negotiating a long-term pact with Washington again next offseason, but the two sides have now twice been unable to come to an equitable agreement after protracted negotiations. The team selected him (in the fourth round) the same year they acquired the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft: Robert Griffin III. It's good news that Cousins is open to negotiations after the 2017 National Football League season takes place, but the situation hasn't changed between his agent and the front office in Washington.

The deadline is by no means the end of the Kirk Cousins saga.

Cousins won over coach Jay Gruden during the preseason of 2015 and the rest is history. If that happened, then the Redskins would have seven days to match. The 49ers could have a quarterback vacancy next season.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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