Redskins president says Cousins could play under third-straight franchise tag
- Team president Bruce Allen said, “Yes,” when asked by CSN Mid-Atlantic if he was willing to tag QB Kirk Cousins for a third consecutive year. A third tag would mean Cousins would earn $34 million in 2018; right now, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck is slated to be the highest-paid NFL quarterback in 2018, with a cap hit of $24.4 million.
- Cousins has improved his play in each of the past three years, and in 2016, he cracked the top-10 in highest QB grades, at 85.9, ranking eighth out of 34 eligible QBs.
- Cousins has been one of the most accurate QBs in the league over the past two seasons, ranking second in 2015 with an adjusted-accuracy-percentage of 78.5 percent, and eighth in 2016 at 76.3 percent.
- His accuracy translated on deep passes, ranking eighth in adjusted accuracy percentage on throws 20-plus yards downfield (50.0 percent), and also when under pressure (67.1 percent).