Kirk Cousins hasn’t signed his franchise tender yet

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Last year, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins move quickly to accept a one-year, $19.95 million franchise tender from the team. This year, not.

Per a source with knowledge of the situations, Cousins has not yet applied pen to paper, four days after Washington extended a one-year, $23.94 million offer for 2017. Until the offer is accepted by Cousins, it can be rescinded by Washington.

Last year, Cousins signed the tender one day after it was extended.

Given the current disarray in Washington (with the football team, not the rest of the stuff that’s happening), Cousins possibly has decided to sit tight. With so many unusual things going on with the franchise, the tender could potentially be yanked — especially if Cousins were to take the position that, unlike last year, he won’t show up for the offseason program, training camp, or the preseason, opting instead to arrive a few days before the regular season opener.

This would be fully within the player’s rights, and it would make it difficult for the franchise to get anything close to a full return on its franchise-tagged quarterback.

Cousins said in late January that he’d probably sign the one-year offer and play under the tag. At $23.94 million, why wouldn’t he?

The fact that he hasn’t already pounced on the offer suggests that something is happening. If it’s still not signed by the end of the month, things could get even more interesting in D.C. And by interesting I mean completely and totally dysfunctional.

42 responses to “Kirk Cousins hasn’t signed his franchise tender yet

  1. There is no need to rush to sign the tender. If it gets pulled back, he become a free agent and probably gets 5 years at $100 million total with $25 guaranteed.

  2. It’s hard to be sympathetic to anyone in these billionaire vs. millionaire dramas.

  3. Wouldn’t it be dangerous to show up a few days before the first game and say “alright, so what’s the plan?” Even if you only put Captain Kirk in the middle of the 32 other starting QB’s in the league he can find someone else who wants him if he wants out of the circus bad enough.

  4. Cousins holds all the cards and has no reason to sign until the very last minute. Gruden’s contract is up next season, so he doesn’t even know who his coach will be in a year. If it were me, I’d wait ’em out.

  5. I just don’t get what’s going on between the Redskins and Cousins. The whole deal is just plain weird. You’d think a team would want a long-term deal with a QB as capable as Cousins. But, then again, this is Washington and we all know how screwed up everything is in the Emerald City.

  6. pastabelly says:
    Mar 4, 2017 1:19 PM
    There is no need to rush to sign the tender. If it gets pulled back, he become a free agent and probably gets 5 years at $100 million total with $25 guaranteed
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    Your guarantee is ridiculously low. He already can get $24 million guaranteed just by signing the franchise tag now. He’s going to get AT LEAST $40 million guaranteed and if he hits the free agency market I wouldn’t be shocked at all if the guarantees hit $50-60 million. Also a $20 million average was last year’s Kirk numbers…..to sign him now a team will at the very least have to offer $22 million per season….on the free agency market I think that number is likely $25 million per season….

    I see a 5 year $125 contract with $55 million guaranteed.

  7. redskins got this. they are always in charge and fighting for victory… stop with the nonsensical comments about the best run franchise in pro sports. offseason is skins time!!!

  8. Kirk Cousins is not yet elite and he may never be an elite quarterback. But he has shown that he is a top 15 quarterback and he can improve to a top 10 quarterback. Regardless of how you feel Kirk Cousins is a young franchise quarterback and any team desiring an upgrade at the quarterback position wants Kirk Cousins. This is because Kirk is better and younger than Jay Cutler and Tony Romo. As a result this high level of demand will jack up the price of his contract if he becomes a free agent. Cousins knows this and the Redskins are being cheap because Dan Synder cares more about money than winning. Kirk Cousins is the first real quarterback the Redskins have had in decades. They would be foolish to let him walk but hey Synder and company have done dumber things before.

  9. Cousins would hurt his free agent value if he didn’t show up until week 1 of the regular season.

    Maybe he’s stalling because he wants a trade. Who knows?

  10. Cousins is not better than Romo or Cutler. He plays in a qb friendly system that inflates stats.

    Smart people in the organization don’t want to replicate what Houston did when they overpaid an average qb and he underperformed. Now they are stuck with him for at least another year. It appears now more than ever that they are trying to move him and that seems to be the best course of action for all parties.

  11. 6thsense10 says:
    Mar 4, 2017 2:23 PM
    pastabelly says:
    Mar 4, 2017 1:19 PM
    There is no need to rush to sign the tender. If it gets pulled back, he become a free agent and probably gets 5 years at $100 million total with $25 guaranteed
    —————-
    Your guarantee is ridiculously low. He already can get $24 million guaranteed just by signing the franchise tag now. He’s going to get AT LEAST $40 million guaranteed and if he hits the free agency market I wouldn’t be shocked at all if the guarantees hit $50-60 million. Also a $20 million average was last year’s Kirk numbers…..to sign him now a team will at the very least have to offer $22 million per season….on the free agency market I think that number is likely $25 million per season….

    I see a 5 year $125 contract with $55 million guaranteed.
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    I understand my estimate was low. It’s just a baseline for not signing the franchise tender until he has to. Washington has screwed this up so badly that they need an exit strategy even if that means trading up into the first round and drafting someone. I don’t see Cousins wanting to stay where he is not wanted. This will not end well for the team and the player has already benefited.

  12. It seems clear that Cousins is sending Washington management a message, “Set up a trade to San Francisco and I’ll sign the tender and you can find someone who will be a happy QB; otherwise you will rent an unhappy QB for one more year.” If no trade is completed he will sign shortly after the draft. Cousins continued silence is a tremendous indictment of the organization as well as a brilliant commercial strategy. I think Washington needs to draft or trade for another or write off their season with a disgruntled QB who will leave in 2018. The team’s future demands another QB ASAP. Cousins is the new Revis in terms of manipulating the process. He will be a 49er in 2017 or 2018. The dysfunction in Washington must be epic for matters to have reached this level.

  13. jamaltimore says:
    Mar 4, 2017 2:42 PM
    redskins got this. they are always in charge and fighting for victory… stop with the nonsensical comments about the best run franchise in pro sports. offseason is skins time!!!

    __________________

    Out of all of that nonsense, I only agree with you on one thing. Which is the offseason is the Redskins time because the regular season or playoffs damn sure aren’t.

  14. Be careful not to get that tender offer taken away, Kirky boy. Kaepernick is looking for a job and he’s every bit as good as you and would play for a lot less.

  15. For that kind of coin, I’d be sitting outside of Redskins park with a smile on my face and pen in hand. Sign it, drop another 4500+ yards and collect even more money in FA next year.

  16. Even with Cousins on the team I think they’ll maneuver to draft Kizer,Watson or Trubisky. I think they know they’ll never win big with Cousins and Dan Snyder has never been known for patience.

  17. Lots of drama in the Skins organization the past few weeks… if Cousins thinks an implosion is coming, he’s smart to hold off. They need him a lot more than vice versa at this point.

  18. Someone above said the media was making up Washington dysfunction? Did the media force the GM not to talk at the senior bowl? Did the media send the GM home from the combine? I don’t blame Cousins one damn bit for delaying signing on the bottom line.

  19. It is fairly obvious that the GM wants to sign Cousins to a long term deal, like he promised him if he performed well. Well, he did perform well. So it must be Snyder that is putting on the brakes, because Snyder has always been a “grass is always greener”-type guy. I.e: If we have him, he sucks; if someone else has him, he is great. That explains why the GM is not attending the Combine, because he is the doghouse. Snyder will NEVER change.

    Sniff… this sucks!

  20. $23.94 million for one year of playing football. I would have signed it so fast the paper would have caught fire. Then I would have dirtied my underwear and passed out.

  21. When your defense is the sole reason why you did not make the playoffs(Kirk did his part).You cant just spend millions and millions on offense,especially when your defense is ranked 28th.

    A lot of you are buying this Redskins dysfunction thing hook line & sinker…..if you think they are dysfunctional because they wont spend millions on offense,maybe your brain is dysfunctional!

  22. The $23M is guaranteed though, even say if he blows out his shoulder working out. If he blows it out though without signing first he’s got nothing! Smarter to sign it and force the situation. Nice insurance policy!!

  23. Cousins will be 29 years old for this season…. hes not “young” and hes not proved much… you want to pay a QB who is about to be 30 in the first year of the new contract (after this years franchise tag) i mean sure QBs tend to be able to play more in their 30s than other players but thats largely due to their football IQ and game experience being able to make-up for them getting older… and Cousins hasnt really proved a whole heck of a lot… like it or not STATS dont tell the whole story… they see the man day in and day out he also has shrunk in the biggest games….. he has his worst games when you need him the most in the biggest games… thats extremely concerning ! weird circumstances with his age his play the timing the market etc. interested to see this play out

  24. Kap is every bit a good as Cousins? Lord, I almost spit my beer out on that comment Upnorthvikefan…thanks for the evening laugh.

  25. Honestly, who wouldn’t have looked good throwing to Jordan Reed underneath as DeSean drew everyone deep? Add in tuff as nails Garcon, up and coming Jamison Crowder, Vernon Davis and Chris Thompson out of the back field. Average qb’s like Tannenhill, Fitzpatrick, Cutler, and even Hoyer would put up the same numbers or close to it. Let Cousins go to San Fran and that receiving corps they have. Good luck brother. And I like Kirk.

  26. I think Kirk should dip his tender in barbecue sauce or honey mustard and down the whole thing. Then when he’s done look at Snyder and co. And say”you like that ?” Cause I don’t, and then just walk away ahem…stall for a trade I mean.

  27. I understand there’s a lack of good QBs, but $24M is top-3 salary for a top-12 QB. When you look at those other top salaries, you have to get down to Rodgers (6th, $22M) and Big Ben (8th, $21M) for any playoff success last year – and Captain Kirk cannot really carry a team quite like those two. I’d offer Kirky no more than $20M/yr.

  28. Don’t think the Skins are convinced that he can take them to the Super Bowl, and so why would they want to pay him oodles of money long term if he is just another Alex Smith type QB.

  29. Yeah I’d sign that sucker because with my luck I would slip and fall down some stairs and get a career ending leg injury. Sorry to be pessimistic but he’s taking a risk otherwise.
    He’d still be a backup QB to RGIII if he didn’t get injured so much. Take the money and run!

  30. Kirk and Julie Cousins just announced they’re having a baby. Maybe…just maybe….they had other things on their minds other than football.

  31. Walter Jones made the Hall of Fame this way. He’d get franchised, sit out most of training camp, show up before the final pre-season game, and have a Pro Bowl season.

    After their public dithering all season, there’s no reason that Kirk should make it too easy on them. Payback is a word that the software won’t let me type.

  32. How did teh Redskins screw this up?

    They didn’t want to pay top 10 money to a QB who had just one good year. He could have been a flash in the pan like RG3, Nick Foles, or … Brock Osweiller.

    They do have to pay up to keep him, but it was just business not giving him a contract after 1 year. I don’t see why there would be hard feelings.

    If he doesn’t want to play for the Redskins, then they should look to trade him. Keeping him for 1 more year wont give them a shot at a super bowl, but getting some draft picks will be better than getting a 3rd round pick if he leaves after 2017.

  33. This team has allowed this average QB make them look like fools…… Kirk better hope and pray that the Skins resign him, because if he goes the to 49ers and has to play in the NFC West. Sherman, Peterson and Trumaine Johnson! 25 INTs!!!!

  34. People, please!!! Kirk Cousins is so calculating. He has already stated that he would HAPPILY play on the tag. So, the stall is for one reason only.

    He didnt like the jokes people made about him zipping down their to sign the tag so FAST, even before the ink was dry.

    He wants to play this one a little cooler. I get this fake dude, now. Boy has he snowed a lot of skins fans!!!!! PEOPLES actions show who they really are. KC is trying to build his image. He thinks he’s up there with Brady! So, it wouldn’t look good to show you are sooo THIRSTY!!!

    Thats all this is.

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