Redskins president says Cousins could play under third-straight franchise tag

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will play 2017 under the franchise tag — and could do the same in 2018.

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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).

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  • crosseyedlemon

    The Redskins don’t have an heir apparent so obviously they would favor tagging Cousins again but he is likely to have other ideas. If he has a strong season he’ll have a lot of leverage in securing a long term deal somewhere.

    • McGeorge

      He already has all the leverage.
      “Pay me A LOT or I’ll leave.”

      OR

      “Pay me an even bigger amount, and I’ll still leave”

    • Andre Taylor

      Cousins has options, which means he has all the leverage. He will be a 49er next year.

      • crosseyedlemon

        There’s an excellent chance the Niners will have the first crack at any QBs coming out of college next season so they have some options too.

        • Andre Taylor

          If you are saying that they will be one of the worst teams, and end up with a top 5 pick. Then i dont agree, im not saying that they will make the playoffs or anything. I dont see them going after a QB next year, they signed QB Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley and drafted C.J. Beathard. Had they truly been looking at drafting a young QB prospect, they had plenty enough draft picks to do so. Why draft Beathard in the 3rd round? They could have easily waited until the 6th or 7th round and drafted a developmental prospect instead of taking Beathard with a premium pick. They did so because Beathard comes from a pro-style offense, his learning curve won’t be as steep and they see him as a competent backup. Bruce Allen moved all of Cousins reliable weapons in hopes that he will have a off year, then he can look good and point to they weren’t sold on him anyways. If they were truly all in on Cousins, there is no reason why they haven’t signed him long term. The bluff of oh we will just franchise tag him again is exactly that, a bluff. To do so would not only be financially irresponsible, but a large chunk of the Redskins cap space. The longer Cousins goes unsigned, the greater the chance he will be traded to the 49ers. Its not about it being my opinion, just look at the reports, check the article above and the fact that Allen is even discussing franchising Cousins again tells the story.

  • McGeorge

    Bruce Allen is one smart cookie.
    Threatening to make tag Cousins again so he earns 26MM/year for 3 years.
    I’m sure Cousins is worried.

    Worried it wont happen!
    Go ahead and make him teh highest paid QB – see how scared he is of that!

    • Indian-Homie

      If he gets tagged again, he’ll earn $34 MILLION in 1 year as a QB!!!! I think that might be the most in NFL history. Certainly that’ll completely kill the available Cap for any other potential studs in Washington DC. That would be a stupid business decision. – 49er fan hoping he joins us next year

      • crosseyedlemon

        It certainly doesn’t reflect well on a front office if it takes them 3 years to decide whether they have a QB they can rely on long term. As you mentioned the cap situation puts future plans in limbo the longer the situation goes unresolved.

      • Andre Taylor

        Kirk Cousins will be a 49er in 2018

    • Andre Taylor

      Bruce Allen has done nothing for the Redskin organization, other than cause massive dysfunction and live off the reputation of his late great father. For whatever reason Owner Dan Snyder seems to value Allen, which will lead to even more dysfunction within the organization. QB Kirk Cousins has proven himself after being a 4th round draft pick out of Michigan State in 2012, it is simply a disgrace the way they treated their former GM and the manner in which they are handling Cousins. Allen is basically bluffing, trying to hold his proverbial poker face. Hoping that Cousins will take a team friendly deal, there is simply no way the Redskins will franchise tag Cousins again. The amount of money would be to much while trying to conduct a teams usual off-season business, what will end up happening is Cousins will get traded to the 49ers for draft picks. Then the Redskins will look to get a QB in next years draft, which will set the franchise back. Snyder and Allen are destroying this once proud organization, which was known to be first class. Its bad enough that Cousins loss both starting WR’s this off-season, with relatively inexperienced Pryor and 2nd round bust Brian Quick as the supposed replacements. Yet Allen used former GM Scot McCloughan’s draft board to bring in some talent in the draft, i actually feel sorry for Redskin fans. Im sure former Redskin greats are discussed to see the dysfunctional mess Snyder and Allen have created.

      • McGeorge

        I guess you don’t understand sarcasm.

  • Jason

    Just offer him 24-26M/year, 60M guaranteed NOW, get it over with.