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Report: Kirk Cousins will get tagged

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins picked a good time to have a good season.

With his contract expiring at the end of the year, Cousins started every game for the Redskins, closed the regular season with a strong second half and helped lead them to an NFC East title that boosted his value heading into free agency. The Redskins made it clear that they wanted to keep Cousins from hitting the open market, either with a long-term deal or by tagging him.

It looks like it is going to be the latter option. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team has decided that they will use a tag on Cousins, although they haven’t decided whether it will be the franchise or transition tag. The difference between the two tags is around $2 million in salary, but the differences in how things would play out from there would seem to make the more expensive franchise tag a better option.

While the transition tag, expected to be around $17.5 million, would cost less money if Cousins winds up playing out the year under its terms, it also opens the door for another team to make a run at signing him that could leave the Redskins either unable to match or matching a deal that isn’t on good terms for them. A team could try to sign Cousins under the non-exclusive franchise tag as well, although it would cost them two first-round picks if the Redskins didn’t match the offer.

Either tag would be a major raise for Cousins, who played for $660,000 last season, and Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that receiving the franchise tag wouldn’t come as a disappointment to Cousins. While that isn’t always the case, Cousins would be paid very well while getting another year to show he’s worth a long-term deal that would come with a higher floor thanks to the increase in salary that comes with using the franchise tag on the same player two years in a row.

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65 Responses to “Report: Kirk Cousins will get tagged”
  1. hawksfansince77 says: Feb 26, 2016 1:59 PM

    You like that?! You like that!!

  2. udkidd says: Feb 26, 2016 2:00 PM

    Makes sense. Prior to this year he had thrown more Ints than TDs.

  3. kneedragr says: Feb 26, 2016 2:01 PM

    If I were the Skins, I would use the transition tag on him, since if some team signs him to a crazy contract, they get those #1 picks, likely high enough in the draft to grab someone with a higher ceiling.

  4. jake6879 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:01 PM

    This is a really a win/win for both the Redskins and Cousins at this point.

  5. jake6879 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:03 PM

    udkidd says:
    Feb 26, 2016 2:00 PM
    Makes sense. Prior to this year he had thrown more Ints than TDs.
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    True statement but perhaps a bit misleading. He had 18 TD and 19 int coming into this year. It’s not as bad as some would like you to believe..

  6. olskool711 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:04 PM

    Cousins is playing with fire.

    Players need to balance what their agents tell them against good common sense.

    Kirk, have a talk with Brian Hoyer before you play this out.

    ps. Why couldn’t the writer tell us what the numbers are on the two tags?

  7. themage78 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:04 PM

    He’ll stink it up against the better competition this year.

  8. tiger2471 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:04 PM

    Smart move on the Redskins part, very smart. Kirk Cousins isn’t worth more the $13-$14mil a yr, 4-5 yrs, period! Hell, I hope they put the transition tag on that bum!

  9. RavenzGunnerz says: Feb 26, 2016 2:05 PM

    I don’t think he likes that.

  10. bryonneufeld says: Feb 26, 2016 2:06 PM

    Financially, Cousins gets about $20 million this year and should be set for life if he does anything reasonable with that money. After agent and taxes he takes home like $10-$11 million straight cash homey. Even a conservative investment plan should give him 300K a year for rest of his life without touching the $10M.

  11. coltzfan166 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:06 PM

    Stupid. No QB should be making $20 million unless you’ve won the Super Bowl. Just one season ago, Cousins was an interception machine and was benched for Colt McCoy. And if the Redskins are willing to tag him, why should he accept any offer for less than $20 million a year?

    I still think they could get the same result from Nick Foles or some rookie 1st round QB with a way smaller salary

  12. thetroofishere says: Feb 26, 2016 2:09 PM

    Somewhere, there is a gentleman waking up from being in the tanning salon since 6am who is pumping his fist and dusting off his resume.

  13. floratiotime says: Feb 26, 2016 2:10 PM

    Pay him R-words. Lock this mediocrity up long term.

  14. jake6879 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:11 PM

    For the haters out there, in his first season as “the” starting qb, Kirk Cousins set almost every franchise record. If that makes him a bum, I’d like a few more bums like that on my team..

  15. psubeerman21 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:14 PM

    Yes. YES. Pay the qb who has about 7 good games under his belt 20 million. I wonder what happened to the qb that was largely regarded as a historic turnover machine in the beginning of the year? And ideas? I DON’T KNOW BUT THE REDSKINS WILL PAY 20 MILLION TO FIND OUT LOL

  16. redskins0228 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:21 PM

    Why didn’t you listen to Shanahan 3 years ago when you signed RG3 and Cousins because you weren’t sure if RG3 could make the transition to the pro game. Gruden told you after 2 months with RG3 that he had the same reservations. McCloughan liked him as well when he was hired. Now you pay a guy 20 million that you drafted and watched practice every day for 4 years and had no idea of what you were looking at. I am sick of the ineptitude of our Skins!

  17. karlpilkington says: Feb 26, 2016 2:23 PM

    You people are funny. If you don’t have one of the top 5 qbs out there.. we all know who they are.. you would love to have kirk on your team. Stop acting like you wouldnt..

  18. bryonneufeld says: Feb 26, 2016 2:23 PM

    psubeerman21 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 2:14 PM
    Yes. YES. Pay the qb who has about 7 good games under his belt 20 million. I wonder what happened to the qb that was largely regarded as a historic turnover machine in the beginning of the year? And ideas? I DON’T KNOW BUT THE REDSKINS WILL PAY 20 MILLION TO FIND OUT LOL

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    He’s unproven but he’s established a very high ceiling through his play this past year. Frankly, if he hits FA someone will blow the bank to lock him up, so this is what the Redskins had to do.

    The Broncos may be in the similar boat with Brock O. If he hits the open market, almost certainly someone will offer more than the Broncos want to pay him. Probably 50/50 he stays with Broncos if Elway’s comments are to be believed (they want to offer $10M/year).

  19. chairman291 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:26 PM

    Has he beaten a team with a better than .500 win percentage yet ?

  20. llcamino says: Feb 26, 2016 2:27 PM

    $20 million for a guy that has beaten the same amount of winning teams as me…..ZERO.

  21. armorgan67 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:31 PM

    It’s my understanding that if they transition tag him, a team then signs him to a contract and the Redskins don’t match it they get nothing in return.

  22. firesnyder says: Feb 26, 2016 2:34 PM

    So much jealousy… I LOVE IT! Honestly, I think this is a good deal for both sides. There are some folks on the GM’s side who are arguing there isn’t a large enough sample size to see Cousin’s true worth. Even though I am a Cousins fan, I can agree with that. Pay him $20 mil and then the sample size will be large enough after this year. Then, hammer out a fair contract. I like it. We have plenty of cap space.

  23. firesnyder says: Feb 26, 2016 2:37 PM

    We are not going to transition tag him. No chance. That tag is rarely used by any team because, from the team’s point of view, you are putting power in the hands of another competing team. And players do not like it as well because who is going to negotiate with you under the pretense of your original team matching any offer produced? No chance on the transition tag.

  24. hazmatt23 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:39 PM

    Washington uses the Transition tag, Cleveland ponies up the two required 1st Round picks, Washington has the number 2 overall pick in April and they have their choice of any QB they want. They then trade their 21st overall pick to NE and pick up two more selections on day two of the draft.

  25. ditkainyourbutkus says: Feb 26, 2016 2:40 PM

    am I the only one who feels some regression to the mean coming up for him?

  26. brenenostler says: Feb 26, 2016 2:42 PM

    Imagine if Nick Foles had chosen a contract year to have his one good season. He could be getting paid $20 million a year right now. That’s scary

  27. TeamBalco says: Feb 26, 2016 2:47 PM

    Trade Morris to the Lions

    Trade Jackson to Raiders

    Trade up and draft a real play maker in the secondary like the kid from FSU.

  28. firesnyder says: Feb 26, 2016 2:48 PM

    brenenostler says:
    Feb 26, 2016 2:42 PM

    Imagine if Nick Foles had chosen a contract year to have his one good season. He could be getting paid $20 million a year right now. That’s scary

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    Seriously! Compare his numbers to Nick Foles. They are not the same. Compare the stat lines side by side. Cousin’s numbers are clearly superior and its not even close.

  29. seatownballers says: Feb 26, 2016 2:49 PM

    Congrats kid. You beat out the other guy, and got paid. That’s how it’s suppose to be

  30. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 26, 2016 2:54 PM

    Except now we come to find out that … ESPN blew it again.

  31. awdlmd says: Feb 26, 2016 2:55 PM

    I love the people thinking this is somehow a good move for the team because it’s just a one year deal. Dalton got $17M guaranteed for a deal that locked him up for SIX YEARS.

  32. paul82461 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:55 PM

    Cousins is not worth 17 mill period end of discussion

  33. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:00 PM

    Good move by the ‘skins to make kurt earn his contract.

  34. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 26, 2016 3:04 PM

    last year for kirk was a fluke. He’s gonna go back to throwing tons of picks and suck, ala nick foles, watch and see!
    standard suck-skins will pay him a LOT of $$$ and he’ll crash and burn!
    you like that?!?!

  35. Rdog says: Feb 26, 2016 3:13 PM

    Forget the money… Big contracts for quarterbacks are normal in today’s NFL. Get used to it. People complaining about contracts is like people complaining about the refs … It’s never going to stop.

  36. 6thsense10 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:14 PM

    olskool711 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 2:04 PM
    Cousins is playing with fire.

    Players need to balance what their agents tell them against good common sense.

    Kirk, have a talk with Brian Hoyer before you play this out.

    ps. Why couldn’t the writer tell us what the numbers are on the two tags?
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    Russell Wilson just signed a 100 million dollars contract with $32 million guaranteed. The Seahawks control his rights for 5 years.

    Cousins can get $20 million guaranteed . So he gets 66% of his guarantee and the team controls his rights for 1 year. Next year the skins choice is franchise again at 22 million sign him long term but that will have to include at least 22 million in guarantee or let him walk.

    Cousins is in the driver’s seat.

  37. Vladimir P says: Feb 26, 2016 3:16 PM

    He has as many rings as Romo.

  38. lingsun54 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:18 PM

    The Redskins have little choice but to lock up a quarterback who’s resume is incomplete. He could wind up being the next Scott Mitchell for all we know.

  39. beerbudsnbevo says: Feb 26, 2016 3:20 PM

    This is all a bad dream for Logical…

    He’s hoping some how, some way RGIII comes back and wins multiple Superbowls…

  40. hendawg21 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:21 PM

    Hell, I’d take his old salary, I mean come guys $660,000.00 is no chump change, this is where sports in general is going to ruin itself, players are getting paid WAY TOO MUCH for PLAYING a game. Of course the owners don’t really care they get fatter pockets as well, it’s all rolling downhill to the consumer and at these prices there will be no consumers to attend games.

  41. westsiiide says: Feb 26, 2016 3:23 PM

    0% chance they use the transition tag on him and let another team sign him with no compensation. They’ll pay a few mil more to either use the exclusive franchise tag on him and deny other teams the chance to negotiate with him or the non-exclusive franchise tag and let some team pay him if they’ll give the Skins 2 1st rounders.

    The transition tag is almost never used these days for a reason.

  42. lingsun54 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:28 PM

    No, players don’t get paid too much for playing a game. They get paid their market value.

  43. 202folife says: Feb 26, 2016 3:31 PM

    Not bad for a game manager who’s still yet to beat a winning team.

  44. freevinnycurry says: Feb 26, 2016 3:32 PM

    This is really tough for Washington. This guy is the classic average QB who will get you 1 and done forever in the playoffs. He’s not winning you anything but if you let him walk – the existing players on the Skins will mutiny. No choice here. And for the comments that said if you are a team without a Top 5 QB – you’d take Cousins in a heartbeat – Um…No. I currently have a lame duck Sam Bradford (bleh) and i don’t want Cousins.

  45. TS Johnson says: Feb 26, 2016 3:38 PM

    He’s unproven but he’s established a very high ceiling through his play this past year.

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    In what world?

  46. TS Johnson says: Feb 26, 2016 3:40 PM

    Kirk Cousins is Nick Foles 2.0

    Because the NFC East is so bad there is a good chance the Skins could win the division again with 8 wins.

    And like last year will get bounced in the first round like last year.

    *shrug*

    Enjoy the payday Kirky.

  47. tiger2471 says: Feb 26, 2016 4:07 PM

    This is the EXACT reason why a bunch of you homers shouldn’t make any football decisions! You DON’T pay a guy $20mil a year, for 7 good games! You make him prove he is worth MORE than $13-$14 mil a yr, by allowing those other stupid teams willing to draft a qb every year , ie Browns, to pay him $20 mil a year. One of the earlier posts made on this page was exactly right, you DON’T pay a QB who HAS NOT been to the Superbowl $20 mil a yr; how did that work out for Miami or the Bears? The Redskins have a hell of a lot more holes to fill on that team and they can’t afford to pay a qb $20mil a yr. It would be stupid fiscally, and that is why Scott McCloughan is there making the hard decisions. I’m a Skins fan and I guarantee you we won’t win more than 5-6 games next yr and Kirk will come back down to earth because he can’t scramble worth a damn and can’t get out of the pocket to get rid of the ball! Don’t believe me, check out the schedule.

  48. glac1 says: Feb 26, 2016 4:16 PM

    take the 17 million, play another season and then retire in some mountain cabin and enjoy life. I think he could live a comfortable life forever on the interest alone. He’d clear at least 7 million and if he earns a paltry 4% he would have 280 grand a year without touching principle.

  49. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 26, 2016 4:17 PM

    Highest completion % in the NFL. Played very well/excellent the last 8-9 games. You can usually tell very quickly if a guy’s got what it takes or not. Cousins showed he can win. Pay the man!

  50. timmmah10 says: Feb 26, 2016 4:21 PM

    TeamBalco says:
    Feb 26, 2016 2:47 PM

    Trade Morris to the Lions

    Trade Jackson to Raiders

    Trade up and draft a real play maker in the secondary like the kid from FSU.

    ——————–

    Morris is washed up, and the Lions new GM has already shown he’s not paying for washed up talent.

    Last time I checked, the Raiders don’t need a WR for the first time in a long time. (Cooper/Crabtree combo revamped that whole offense)

    That kid from FSU (Jalen Ramsey) is going top 5… remember the last time the R-words traded up to the top 5? And that was just to move up a few spots… this would be an astronomical cost to get to Ramsey! How’d that work out again? I’m sure they’d be gun shy to commit that many picks to one guy…

  51. TS Johnson says: Feb 26, 2016 4:28 PM

    Cousins showed he can win.

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    Except for all those times he didn’t.

  52. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 26, 2016 5:23 PM

    Yep, it’s always the same old gibberish in the comment section. I haven’t missed diddly’. Ok, as far as teams Kirk faced, he didn’t write the schedule, and how many of those teams would have winning records of they had won over the Redskins? About half. Two thirds of the league finished at 500 or worse. Probably some of you guys teams. So enough of that. Now does Kirk deserve too their pay? Nope, not at all. Lets not forget that the return of DeSean Jackson from injury opened that offense up. Until then Kirk played good but not great. The continued health of Jordon Reed is also a big factor. I am a Redskins fan as long as Cousins is here I’ll be a fan of his, I am not for strapping the team cash wise to keep one piece of the pie.

  53. ryanlatterell says: Feb 26, 2016 5:28 PM

    He’s getting tagged? Huh

  54. olskool711 says: Feb 26, 2016 5:30 PM

    6th sense10

    “Cousins is in the driver’s seat.”

    Brian Hoyer was in the driver’s seat with the Browns.

    He played his hand.

    It cost him 20-30 million dollars.

    Be careful Kurt. You aren’t good enough.

  55. buccedtb says: Feb 26, 2016 5:45 PM

    Wow – typical redskins- they are sunk if they franchise Kirk Cousins- the equivalent would be franchising Mike Glennon- or Charlie Whitehurst maybe- they didn’t play anyone with a real D went he went on his run- and it showed when they got obliterated in the playoffs. I know, i know i’m a bucs fan with an equally incompetent front office- doesn’t mean i can’t spot a disaster happening when i see one…

  56. dieselguy19 says: Feb 26, 2016 6:59 PM

    chairman291 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 2:26 PM

    Has he beaten a team with a better than .500 win percentage yet ?
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    No HE hasn’t, but that’s probably because he’s on a TEAM with 11 players on a the field at a time.

  57. jspyle says: Feb 26, 2016 7:10 PM

    Really? 20 mil give or take 1 or 2 mill for Cousins???? 10 to 1 he’s not with the Washington in 2017 unless he re-works the deal.

  58. gabe77 says: Feb 26, 2016 7:43 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I love this. Ruin the value of RGIII and then cut him. Start Cousins and don’t win a single game against a winning team but now they’re going to franchise tag him. Brilliant!

  59. joshgordonsbong says: Feb 26, 2016 8:12 PM

    never happen, but imagine if the rams gave the 2 first rd picks to sign cousins hahaha

  60. rootpain says: Feb 26, 2016 9:46 PM

    I was hoping we weren’t going to be hearing from Schefter for four or five years. Disappointing!

  61. laxbuddy21 says: Feb 26, 2016 10:50 PM

    To everyone that complains about players making too much for playing a game, would you prefer all the money the NFL brings in go straight into the owners pockets? The players are the main reason for the revenue generation. They deserve their fair share of what is made. Otherwise, you end up like Wal-Mart with the top making all the money while the bottom begs for scraps.

  62. tdubdizzle says: Feb 26, 2016 11:24 PM

    I’ve been a Raider fan my whole life and the delusional Redskins fans on this site are unsettling.

    Kirk Cousins is alright. Maybe good. Definitely not great.

    I’m white and having Cousins as my QB would give me red skin.

  63. tdubdizzle says: Feb 26, 2016 11:29 PM

    “take the 17 million, play another season and then retire in some mountain cabin and enjoy life. I think he could live a comfortable life forever on the interest alone. He’d clear at least 7 million and if he earns a paltry 4% he would have 280 grand a year without touching principle.”

    I remember Mark Cuban saying if someone were to win the Powerball when it was 380 mil they wouldn’t need to invest a dime and they could live off the interest alone. Good read.

  64. varangia says: Feb 27, 2016 2:47 AM

    Kirk Cousins showed promise all along but he was certainly distracted by coach killer RG3 and his never ending circus. What do you know, he’s out of the way and Cousins has a great year.

  65. darealsmiley4284 says: Feb 28, 2016 12:57 AM

    Hail to the Redskins and to my native pride! Lemmings……

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