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Report: Kirk Cousins will sign tag, expects to play 2017 in Washington

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Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins appears set to stay put and make $23.9 million in 2017.

Cousins will soon sign his franchise tag and doesn’t expect to be traded, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

There’s been much talk that Cousins could wind up elsewhere, perhaps San Francisco, and that he personally appealed to owner Daniel Snyder in an attempt to get traded.

But Cousins doesn’t have the right to negotiate with any other team, and that means his options are limited. He now appears poised to play out the season on the franchise tag, which, combined with the $20 million he made last year, will give him one of the most lucrative two-year stretches in NFL history.

And then Cousins can test free agency next year.

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39 Responses to “Report: Kirk Cousins will sign tag, expects to play 2017 in Washington”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 9, 2017 8:13 PM

    Poor guy, another victim of the crushing power of the system.

  2. filthadelphiadirtybirds says: Mar 9, 2017 8:16 PM

    Well, this will be fun to watch. Kinda like those tires we burned as kids.

  3. jjb0811 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:19 PM

    I don’t like that. aAverage Qb, average coach, Browns level owner. Ready to abandon ship with these clowns.

  4. bassplucker says: Mar 9, 2017 8:20 PM

    Hmmm…. Cousins says he wants to be traded, McGloughan gets fired, now Cousins will sign the tag.

    Pretty easy to figure out what went down there.

  5. jerrytown says: Mar 9, 2017 8:22 PM

    For some reason I feel like he’ll end up in Cleveland when it’s all said and done. They’re stacking draft capital to make a big move.

  6. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 9, 2017 8:23 PM

    Odd timing to hear this leak after hearing about their GM being fired.

  7. bondlake says: Mar 9, 2017 8:23 PM

    The money is sickening.

    And the public pays for the stadiums.

    What’s wrong here?

  8. thenoblebard93 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:26 PM

    Honestly, As a 49ers fan, I never thought i’d see an offseason with worse ownership than the one after Harbaugh’s firing.

    But these Redskins are trying to prove me wrong. 12 months from now, Cousins is out of DC like a bat out of hell.

  9. yearofthebrian says: Mar 9, 2017 8:28 PM

    24 million and he still doesn’t want to be there, that place must suck so bad.

  10. joe400e says: Mar 9, 2017 8:28 PM

    In one year Cousins will be repeating what Torrey Smith said today. Snyder seems to be cultivating a real fun work atmosphere.

  11. jets843 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:29 PM

    If I were Cousins, don’t sign the tag, get the lawyers and challenge the NFL and its tag system with a lawsuit. Remember Curt Flood of baseball, he challenged MLB after refusing a trade back in the late 60’s (he did lose as he took his case to the Supreme Court) but his case changed a lot concerning free agency and trading. Cousins can probably set a precedent here.

  12. ogawdwhereami says: Mar 9, 2017 8:33 PM

    He’s a Niner in 2018.

  13. abfox112 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:37 PM

    Everyone might hate our QB, but our owner is one of the best in the league. Front office is pretty fair too. Always welcome as Panthers fans if you decide to abandon the Redskins ship. Hell, we still root for you guys every season. #AnybodyButDallas

  14. cavanaugh71115 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:39 PM

    i hope kirk changes his mind about DC. we need him, he needs us. weve built a solid team and are continuing to do so. with him still in the mix we will be a legit contender in a few years…once he develops a bit more and we have couple more offseasons to aquire more talent. got to address the defense tho

  15. manderson4150 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:46 PM

    With who? Everyone’s bailing…

  16. jshawaii22 says: Mar 9, 2017 8:48 PM

    “If I were Cousins, don’t sign the tag, get the lawyers and challenge the NFL and its tag system with a lawsuit. Remember Curt Flood of baseball, he challenged MLB after refusing a trade back in the late 60’s (he did lose as he took his case to the Supreme Court) but his case changed a lot concerning free agency and trading. Cousins can probably set a precedent here.”
    ____________________________

    Nope, he’ll lose because he will be fighting a contract that is a negotiated system between the NLF and NFLPA and the courts rarely if ever break a union contract that’s not against the law and this is a legal, binding system.

    If the players didn’t like the system, they could have and should change it.

  17. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 9, 2017 8:49 PM

    There has to be more to this story. Cousins can’t want to stay in DC. It’s a death sentence for his career.
    He’ll be out of the league in two years if he stays there.

  18. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 9, 2017 8:50 PM

    Snyder has definitely said, “Hold my beer, watch this”…

  19. oswizard says: Mar 9, 2017 8:51 PM

    This team will eat money next year just out of spite to stop Kirk form going anywhere until 2019 if they don’t get a real trade offer before then. Yes, I said it here first, they will pay him $35 million rather than let him go to the Niners a year early. This is a team of spite as you go out the door of Redskin Park.

  20. ilovemyravens says: Mar 9, 2017 9:01 PM

    But um…who will he be throwing to?

  21. ryder09 says: Mar 9, 2017 9:01 PM

    Thats like… Aaron Rodgers money. We sure thats for Kirk Cousins?

  22. deneb1973 says: Mar 9, 2017 9:05 PM

    Imagine if Cousins has a litany of “soft tissue” injuries that cannot be disproven after he signs the $24 million tag. An errant pass might also figure into the team’s future. Snyder is relying upon Cousins’ professionalism and ethics while displaying none – this will become an albatross around the neck of the franchise as long as Snyder owns the club. The GM’s firing will only add to the reputation of the franchise forcing the team to overpay for free agents and incentivizing good coaches to avoid the tam.

  23. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 9, 2017 9:05 PM

    where’s all the talk about washingtonians wanting a three-way with their Cousins?

  24. tonebones says: Mar 9, 2017 9:07 PM

    To think that a QB would tell the owner he doesn’t want to be there anymore, and the owner wouldn’t respect his wishes. How many people with other options are going to go to Washington? Zero! Lucky for Snyder, there is a bigger buffoon in town.

  25. screamingyellowzonkers says: Mar 9, 2017 9:25 PM

    Cousins asks for a trade then says he’ll stay?

    I wonder if the GM will get rehired after being fired?

  26. vbe2 says: Mar 9, 2017 9:42 PM

    Report: Kirk Cousins will sign tag, expects to play 2017 in Washington
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    How is he going to play in Washington, do the Redskins play the Seahawks in Seattle?

  27. tomtravis76 says: Mar 9, 2017 9:45 PM

    Talk to just about anyone who used to work on the business side of the Skins…it’s all the same…Dan Snyder is the most awful person to have as your boss. Again, the worst human on earth to be allowed to run a business. Nobody has anything good to ever say about him.

  28. cadreamer1969 says: Mar 9, 2017 10:01 PM

    Makes sense. 24 mill. Why the talking heads made up so much angst over it before says a lot.

  29. dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 9, 2017 10:02 PM

    I know the Redskins arent doing all that great right now but for a 2 and 14 49ers fan to try and look down on the Redskins is where I draw the line!!!!!

  30. 4sacroc says: Mar 9, 2017 10:31 PM

    Kirk Cousins — who couldn’t beat the Giants — at home — with a playoff berth on the line is about to make $40 million in two seasons.

    Feel sorry for him?

    He’s a thief!

  31. sumkat says: Mar 9, 2017 10:50 PM

    Hard to say. That’s a ton of money for 2 years. But you have to think his stock is going to take a hit this year. Losing Jackson and Garcon is going to hurt his numbers. It’s not like they have a ton of options either, considering how much work they need to get done on the other side of the ball. So it could hurt the long term deal he eventually gets, and cost him money in the long run. Obviously if he wound up in SF, they’d give him a long term extension before the press conference. Short term? Hard to beat getting paid in the top 5 QB’s over 2 year while basically nobody believes you are a top 5 player

  32. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 9, 2017 10:59 PM

    jshawaii22 says:
    If the players didn’t like the (franchise tag) system, they could have and should change it.
    —–
    Good luck with that.
    When Plan B free agency was being negotiated in 1992 the owners wanted five years before a player could hit free agency. The players wanted four years.
    The owners eventually gave in to the players and agreed to four years in exchange for the NFLPA agreeing to the various franchise tag designations. The tradeoff: A handful of players get tagged each year, but all other players becomes eligible for free agency a year sooner.
    There are certain things that change in negotiations all the time. But some don’t. The players will never give up free agency, and they’ll likely have to give the owners something pretty significant for them to back away from the tag.

  33. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 10, 2017 12:35 AM

    What a mess…. I wish Cousins would come out & speak to the media just to clear the air. Same for McCloughan.

  34. skinsfan91 says: Mar 10, 2017 12:48 AM

    Theyll keep working to get that LTD done. Hopefully we can get Pryor. Doctson is looking healthy, team that with J Reed, Crowder, V Davis. Not bad.

  35. arctantheta says: Mar 10, 2017 1:12 AM

    This is a long play. He signs the tender, jnowing his too two targets are gone, has a down year, thereby decreasing his appeal as a starter and market value. Skins then serve up a lowball long term contract, and spend big in FA for quality wideouts. DC logic for you.

  36. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 10, 2017 4:07 AM

    The Green Bay Packers have 96,000 owners. And every single one of them would do a better job than Snyder running the Redskins.

  37. footballgodtb12 says: Mar 10, 2017 6:53 AM

    I don’t blame him for wanting out. See what they did to their GM? Everyone throws the word classless around, I’m just going to use UNPROFESSIONAL. Now he lost his top 2 targets, and the team leaks out dirty laundry on the GM. Don’t sign the Tag contract until 01 Sept, then make the Redskins pay you every dime for a 16 game season that will ultimately end in failure…Then sign with whom ever you want. Its a QB hungry league and Cousins has the Talent to garner the big contract. If they franchise him a 3rd time at 20% raise he’s making 30 Million, not gonna happen. Kurt actually has a lot of power in this situation, just wait. By not signing he doesn’t have to do ANY of the off season crap. Enjoy the 6 months off with your family

  38. numbskull111 says: Mar 10, 2017 7:42 AM

    He should sign the tag and tell the Skins there is zero chance he is signing a long term offer with them.

    Take the guaranteed money this year…then if they back the Brinks truck up to try to save face….he can call their bluff and sign it.

    I’ve been a Skins fan my whole life, but I hope they get totally screwed on this deal. I’m over Snyder and his clown show.

    You would think after owning the team for around 20 years he would have gotten a “little” better at being an owner…but it seems like he is regressing and sucking even more than before.

  39. kst2074 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:08 AM

    Kirk Cousins — who couldn’t beat the Giants — at home — with a playoff berth on the line is about to make $40 million in two seasons.

    Feel sorry for him?

    He’s a thief!

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