Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) carries the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Sources told NFL Network that there is a "strong indication" that Cousins plays out the season under the tag.
Former Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan was in the camp of wanting to give Cousins an extension before the 2015 season, but the front office declined to do that, according to Bleacher Report. Maybe Allen just doesn't think Cousins is a real franchise quarterback but he can't let Cousins go and land a long-term deal elsewhere.
Kirk Cousins enters his second consecutive season playing for the Washington Redskins under NFL's franchise tag. Cousins played two seasons under 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan when he was the Redskins' offensive coordinator. It should come as no surprise that the Denver Broncos were among the teams that Graziano mentioned, given their uncertainty at the position. "Tough as s--. Got a chance". When rumors of a Cousins trade were rampant in February, Cousins reportedly stipulated that the only spot he was willing to go in a trade was San Francisco. That said, the Redskins were 100 percent right in not giving Cousins a long term deal. "I remember having different teachers and instructors who would call me Kurt". He understands X's and O's very well. "I want time to help make this decision". "He watches the tape".
Cousins will make $23.9 million on the franchise tag in 2017.
The Redskins failed to reach a long-term contract with their QB prior to Monday's 4pm deadline to do so with players who received the franchise tag. The franchise tag is the likely more option of the two. He also isn't fretting the Redskins wielding the franchise tag for a third straight season - which would cost Washington roughly $35 million in 2018. Cousins downplayed the idea that he has one foot out the door and that the 2017 season will be his last with the Redskins.
Cousins is going to give it his all, even though he is on a one year deal. Obviously the $21.1 million guaranteed contract was hard to swallow but not signing Cousins last year and now this year just proves that this team is afraid of doing the same thing again.
A $53 million guaranteed deal might sound like a lot to you and me. The 49ers have vowed to continue to roll over all of their unspent cap money. The Redskins then would have seven days to match. They would come to the table with more than $55 million in cap space.
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.
Cousins threw for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2016 and also posted a 97.2 passer rating last season.
Cousins improved on his statistical performance last season, throwing for almost 5,000 yards, earning a Pro Bowl nod and leading the Redskins to consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 19 years.