Instead, Cousins will play a second year under team's franchise-player tag and his future in Washington beyond the 2017 season remains very much in doubt.
Another option the Washington Redskins have is to issue the seldom used transition tag on Kirk Cousins. He could make more than $34 million next season if the Redskins decide to give him the franchise tag again.
Kirk Cousins has to prove himself to the Washington Redskins once more this upcoming season. It also comes with the Redskins still finding themselves without a general manager on the eve of training camp. However, Cousins wanted to exercise patience before signing a long-term deal. "But I'm guessing there's only around seven, so you'd better not be set on that and say, 'Hey, I need one of those seven guys.' I hope we get one of those guys, but if you don't, you've got to find other ways to win". The team offered Cousins a contract with $53 million guaranteed, but Cousins understandably rejected that deal. [Kirk] has made it clear that he prefers to play on a year-to-year basis. The 49ers have a league-high $66.8 million in salary-cap space this year, a cushion that will roll over to next season.
On Tuesday, Cousins responded (via Albert Breer of The MMQB), saying he's "been called Kurt my entire [life]". But Carolina was 6-10 last season a year after reaching Super Bowl 50, where it lost to Denver.
Frankly, I'd be surprised if the starting-over Jets invest a massive amount of money in an older player - Cousins will be 30 by the start of the '18 season - but you never know what might transpire over the course of the year.
The signal-caller told hosts Grant Paulsen and Danny Roulier that he "prayed over the weekend about whether to make a counter offer" to the team and ultimately decided he needed more time.
Last summer, the Redskins offered Cousins a deal for $16 million annually with $24 million in guarantees, according to NFL.com. After restructuring his contract, the quarterback will once again get the chance to prove that he's the long-term answer in Buffalo.
A team spokesman said it only sounded like Allen was calling Cousins by the name "Kurt" due to Allen's accent.
Despite what Allen said about the offer he made Cousins, the quarterback clearly stood to make more money in free agency in a league desperate for competent play from its most important position. "He reminds me a lot of Kirk Cousins".
"It has always been my first choice to be with the Redskins", Cousins said. For his career, the Michigan State product has appeared in 46 regular season games with 41 starts, completing 1,025-of-1,556 pass attempts for 12,113 yards with 72 touchdowns and 42 interceptions.
Over the last two years, Cousins has guided the Redskins to a 17-14-1 regular season record and an NFC East title in 2015.