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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. “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.”
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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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!!!!!

  18. 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!

  19. 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

  20. jshawaii22 says:
    If the players didn’t like the (franchise tag) system, they could have and should change it.
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    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.

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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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