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Why wait? Cousins signs his franchise tender

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins has signed his 2016 franchise player tender with the Redskins.

Mike McCartney, Cousins’ agent, shared that news Wednesday night. The Redskins franchised Cousins ahead of Tuesday’s deadline to do so.

Cousins signing his tender means he’s guaranteed his 2016 salary of $19.95 million from the Redskins if the sides don’t reach an agreement on a long-term contract and can’t entertain an offer sheet from another team. It also gives him leverage as those negotiations go forward, assuming they do, because he’s making almost $20 million and can communicate through McCartney that he’d like to see the Redskins at least get close to that number.

Maybe Cousins was just excited to see that number on paper, or maybe he wanted to ensure that the Redskins didn’t eventually pull the franchise tag. But Cousins is now locked in through at least this season, and he and the Redskins have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal.

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58 Responses to “Why wait? Cousins signs his franchise tender”
  1. packfntk says: Mar 2, 2016 8:09 PM

    I would run to sign that check too.

    QB’s just getting PAID these days.

  2. bmack1224 says: Mar 2, 2016 8:11 PM

    You go from 500k to 20 Mill in one Season, He’ll Na I ain’t Waiting

  3. vottorific says: Mar 2, 2016 8:12 PM

    Smart move. No need to wait. I mean, $20 mil? Really? No need to wait.

  4. patsxsaintsfan says: Mar 2, 2016 8:12 PM

    What’s crazy is next year they have to sign him or do a 24 million dollar cap hit or something and he could start to turn back to the old Kirk and be the next jay cutler but with the QB market today everyone is gunna get paid.

  5. vottorific says: Mar 2, 2016 8:12 PM

    Yeah, run.

  6. bmack1224 says: Mar 2, 2016 8:15 PM

    Somewhere Shannonan is smiling and Sayen to Himself “I Like That”

  7. gridles says: Mar 2, 2016 8:18 PM

    Laughing all the way to the bank.

  8. raiderapologist says: Mar 2, 2016 8:20 PM

    No reason not to sign it. Time to trade in that minivan.

  9. hammmerr says: Mar 2, 2016 8:21 PM

    Betcha jason pierre-paul wished he signed his tender before the 4th of july last year.

  10. ramos86 says: Mar 2, 2016 8:23 PM

    After Jason Pierre Paul last year, I’d sign right away too. Best case, you wait and use the waiting as leverage to secure a long term high paying deals. Worst case, life and stupidity happens and you lose out on million.

    Besides, unless he has a monster year again, he isn’t getting a higher paycheck. Any long term deal with Cousins will be front loaded with no guaranteed money after year 3.

  11. skinsdiehard says: Mar 2, 2016 8:25 PM

    The writer’s speculation is wrong again. Cousins signed it so that he can participate in OTA’s and get better. That’s the type of player he is. He wouldn’t be able to practice and meet with coaches until he signed. He’s a team guy, unlike RG3.

  12. 6ball says: Mar 2, 2016 8:29 PM

    .
    Ran a 4.2 / 40 to the bank.
    .

  13. thefatlazygamer says: Mar 2, 2016 8:29 PM

    Dude just won the lottery. Cash that ticket. I hope he’s smart enough to live off that 20mil (10 after taxes) for the rest of his life if he never makes another dime anywhere.

  14. nflfollower says: Mar 2, 2016 8:31 PM

    So many talking heads in the detroit media (insert any other city) criticized the last stafford extension (insert probly 15 other qbs) but these days it is looking like a bargain at the going rate. Just crazy.

  15. therealraider says: Mar 2, 2016 8:33 PM

    Wouldn’t Flacco’s new deal cause a slight uptick in the Franchise Tag number?

  16. craigkintexas says: Mar 2, 2016 8:33 PM

    Hurray before they sober up

  17. fordman84 says: Mar 2, 2016 8:36 PM

    How many people spend $1 on lotto’s with a payout less than that? and all this costs him is the price of a Bic pen.

  18. irkjames says: Mar 2, 2016 8:37 PM

    Aside from the smart move of signing the tender and getting his money right now, it partly shows that he’s not going to dodge all the mini camps and early drills/workouts before training camp by putting off signing the franchise tender, proving he’s about geling with his offense and not being selfish to have a longer offseason.

    But also that’s an absurd amount of money. Why in the world wait?

  19. mcjon22 says: Mar 2, 2016 8:45 PM

    Maybe he can give RGIII a loan

  20. jcthree3303 says: Mar 2, 2016 8:46 PM

    Much respect to Kirk on that one. He’s like 20 million. Yup. Bet on myself. Yup. Sign me up. If he has a great he gets PAID PAID. If he doesn’t crap I’d retire at 20 million and go retire to Bora Bora.

  21. universalchurchoftruth says: Mar 2, 2016 8:47 PM

    Every Packer player becomes contemplative of retirement after the season ends, being faced with having to start the beginning of the next season on the Packer’s team again. In Green Bay. Peppers in no different.

    I for one will be glad Peppers will be back on the Packers next year. I also hope he will play every defensive snap as well.

  22. packmangamble says: Mar 2, 2016 8:49 PM

    Kind of like, how fast would it take you to cash in that $20 million lottery ticket!!

  23. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Mar 2, 2016 8:52 PM

    He wants $20 mil. per season. That’s his new normal per the franchise tag. Do a hybrid. 3 years, $18 mil per, mutual option on third year, $20 mil signing bonus. Done.

  24. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 2, 2016 9:06 PM

    Surprised it took a whole day. And yesterday Skins fans thumbs downed me in droves when I said that using the tag torpedoed any chance at doing a long term deal. And what if he has a similar year next year where he’s not Tom Brady, but good enough they can’t let him walk. It becomes something like 23 mil next year.

  25. bigbensbathroombuddy says: Mar 2, 2016 9:07 PM

    They win the worst division one year and then the Redskins waste at least 2 more years waiting for a real legitimate QB by signing Cousins as a stop-gap.

  26. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 2, 2016 9:12 PM

    Blaine Gabbert is a better QB than this guy in his sleep and he’ll be working for 1/10 that amount this year. Sick.

  27. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 2, 2016 9:12 PM

    …….good for Cousins…..deep down everyone had a gut feeling RGIII could be a dud…..why hedge your QB position by drafting Cousins in the same year…..glad to see he got his payday

  28. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 2, 2016 9:34 PM

    Add the $2.5mil he’s made over the his first 4 seasons to this $20mil tender and Cousins has now equaled RG3’s rookie contract guaranteed money.

  29. FecalFreak69 says: Mar 2, 2016 9:48 PM

    Allows him to participate in offseason program . Good move.

  30. coltzfan166 says: Mar 2, 2016 9:51 PM

    His eagerness to sign already just shows how crazy the Redskins were to even offer it

  31. tadams198611 says: Mar 2, 2016 10:00 PM

    Cousins was heard yealling “You Like That” on his way to the bank.

  32. piis31415 says: Mar 2, 2016 10:38 PM

    Good for him. Glad to see players being successful and rewarded. Granted, it was a limited show; but that is what supply and demand for the position dictate.

  33. mac7163 says: Mar 2, 2016 10:42 PM

    A lot of money for 8 games . It could hinder the signing other players that are needed. The good news he and Gruden can rollout together if this doesn’t work . Then again, you get what you pay for.

  34. chawk12thman says: Mar 2, 2016 10:49 PM

    ravensruleandharbaughisgod says:
    Mar 2, 2016 8:52 PM
    He wants $20 mil. per season. That’s his new normal per the franchise tag. Do a hybrid. 3 years, $18 mil per, mutual option on third year, $20 mil signing bonus. Done.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    He get 20 M this coming season. You won’t get him to agree to less than that to start with…… He might take 30 M signing bonus, with 15 for this season, 10 next and then 20 for third and forth year……with this season and next guaranteed and the 3 year for injury only…….That would be 55M guaranteed, which is more than he gets this and next year under the franchise tag, but still cap friendly and allows the team to get out after two, if need be…….

  35. nflviewer says: Mar 2, 2016 11:08 PM

    “Betcha jason pierre-paul wished he signed his tender before the 4th of july last year.”

    Why do people keep saying nonsense like this?

    If a player gets injured in a non-football activity, like Pierre-Paul did, his team can void his contract.

    Had the Giants signed Pierre-Paul to a 5 year, $75 million contract before his accident, the Giants would have been able to void his contract. Had Pierre-Paul signed his franchise tender, the Giants would have been able to void the contract.

    Players often don’t do foolish things to injure themselves outside of their sport, but there still are plenty of examples. Aaron Boone hit a home run to win the 2003 American League pennant for the Yankees, and he had a guaranteed contract for 2004. However, Boone tore up his knee playing basketball in the offseason, and the Yankees voided his contract. It isn’t common, but Boone wasn’t the first player to have his contract voided for a non-sport related injury and he won’t be the last.

  36. officialgame says: Mar 2, 2016 11:47 PM

    Momma didn’t raise no fool.

  37. theheyseed says: Mar 3, 2016 12:19 AM

    This is a good deal for Kirk and the REDSKINS.
    It is a ton of money, but the money is there so why shouldn’t the players get it.
    Dan Snyder already has plenty and owning the Redskins is like having your own printing press for thousand dollar bills.
    This team got better last year and is still on the rise. Anyone who knows the NFL has seen how teams rise and fall. The Redskins are headed back to the top.

  38. nachofacefakeindian says: Mar 3, 2016 1:26 AM

    Good for him; he’s a young, dedicated, improving QB that has the intangibles to succeed. It’s not his fault that the current QB environment dictated that tag value. He has all the makings of a long-term solution to the Redskins quarterback problems. As a Cowboys fan, it’s disconcerting to see the Redskins doing things right after such a long tenure as a circus. Finally, as a native American, thanks for calling them the Redskins not falling for the faux-offended, slanted, white liberal agenda.

  39. buccedtb says: Mar 3, 2016 1:46 AM

    If I’m kirk cousins I sprint and sign that thing in baby seal blood if it’s required-20 mil for cousins- should be like a 5 vear deal-much love and respect for kirk cousins,Matt flynn,Tavares Jackson, Matt cassel….

  40. thetooloftools says: Mar 3, 2016 2:20 AM

    Goodby RG III

  41. dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:11 AM

    Fails to see what this has to do with the Packers….

  42. numbskull111 says: Mar 3, 2016 7:37 AM

    I wonder what took him so long.

    If I got a raise of 30 times my salary today….I would be running to sign it immediately before my boss changed his mind….and I would wash his car while I was there just to say thanks.

  43. wydok says: Mar 3, 2016 8:23 AM

    “Hmmm… stuck in Washington, but with $20 million?”

    “Where’s the pen!?!?!”

  44. bigblackanvil says: Mar 3, 2016 8:27 AM

    Kirk and his agent completely understand how he’s robbing the Redskins. They are fully aware no other team out there would give him more than $13 million a season and that’s being generous. That’s why they rushed to sign the tag. Yep he set another record. The fastest franchise tag signing in NFL history.

  45. hendawg21 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:33 AM

    It doesn’t make sense that there are only 32 NFL teams, and in any given year at least 20 of those teams don’t have a good QB…I mean come on, with all the college football teams regardless if it’s DIV I, II, III or whatever, there are 32 fairly decent QB’s in the world? I think some of these scouts and evaluators aren’t really doing there job.

  46. bigblackanvil says: Mar 3, 2016 8:41 AM

    Yep he set another record. The fastest franchise tag signing in NFL history.

  47. newsletterczar says: Mar 3, 2016 9:23 AM

    Only question now is does he sign a long term deal before July 15th; if he does not then he is betting on himself to have another “I am a top ten QB in this league with these kind of numbers in the worst division in football not the AFC South”. Who do you compare him too? Russell Wilson is from the same draft class (2 super bowls on a much , much better team) and so is Luck (looked like the chosen one, but now?). The ultimate reality show continues even in March. In Scot (with one t) we trust.

  48. theblowtorchreview says: Mar 3, 2016 9:24 AM

    Once again, the Redskins lead the league in getting raped by players. The list is endless. Haynesworth, Stubblefield, Sanders, Archuletta, and many more I cant even remember.

    WE can anticipate a crash and burn soon with Cousins. He’s a mid pack QB at best.

  49. timmmah10 says: Mar 3, 2016 9:46 AM

    There should be an article in this one’s place that said
    “These players didn’t immediately sign their ridiculous pay days!”

    Signing the tender gives them leverage at almost any position but especially at QB. A player could be in for a much more substantial pay day than the tag allows, however that is very rare.

    Cousin’s tag signing will get him 20 million guaranteed on any deal he signs. He just made 20 million dollars, and signing was the last step to ensure that happens. Only a fool would wait for the rug to be pulled out from under himself.

  50. strokeofgenuis says: Mar 3, 2016 9:53 AM

    Of course he signed, he is a smart man — he majored in kinesiology for goodness sake — I don’t even know what that is let alone how to pronounce it.

  51. monsterscream says: Mar 3, 2016 10:05 AM

    stealing w/o a gun and a mask!!

  52. pftmaniac says: Mar 3, 2016 10:26 AM

    Lovie Smith should get a cut of that salary for playing prevent defense with journeymen cornerbacks that allowed him to get the “You like that!?!?” moment.

  53. PegulaBucks says: Mar 3, 2016 10:40 AM

    this is going to work out terribly for Washington and Kirk.

    Book it.

  54. rufustfireflyjr says: Mar 3, 2016 10:45 AM

    @ theblowtorchreview:
    @ bigblackanvil:

    Dudes, even mediocre QBs like Sam Bradford are getting paid $18 mil. a year. Cousins is younger, had a much better year last season and would have commanded more. Pay attention.

  55. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 3, 2016 11:34 AM

    Washingtonians want their cousins badly.

  56. karlpilkington says: Mar 3, 2016 11:44 AM

    @the blowtorch review. Haha. You do realize it’s 2016 right.. maybe we paid billy Kilmer to much also. I’m not sure, maybe you do..

  57. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 3, 2016 12:35 PM

    “Maybe Cousins was just excited to see that number on paper, or maybe he wanted to ensure that the Redskins didn’t eventually pull the franchise tag. ”

    Or maybe he just figured that the amount he’ll bank after taxes and agent’s fees is enough so he never has to work another day in his life after football if he doesn’t want to.

    Smart move. More players that get tagged should be doing this.

  58. defscottyb says: Mar 4, 2016 12:45 AM

    Of course is excited to sign asap… He played well for 1/2 a season and just got $20 million dollars. In a huge Skins fan and not hating even though I like RG3 better but I gotta deal with it. Hope he plays well and good luck to RG3 starting somewhere else… he deserves another shot. #HTTR

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