Kirk Cousins signs franchise tag

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Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has signed his one-year franchise tag, which gives him a $23.9 million guaranteed salary for the 2017 season.

Cousins’ agent announced the signing this morning. It had been expected that Cousins would sign the tag, just as he did last year.

The signing gives Cousins by far the highest base salary in the NFL this season, and it’s guaranteed and can’t be rescinded by the team. It also means Washington is free to trade Cousins to any other team, although as a practical matter Cousins could veto any trade because any team trading for Cousins would surely insist on working out a long-term contract extension with him first.

Now that Cousins has signed the franchise tag two years in a row, it’s virtually impossible for him to be franchised again: A third franchise tag next year would guarantee him a whopping $34.5 million salary for 2018. Washington could apply the transition tag on Cousins next year, but that would allow him to freely negotiate with all 31 other teams, and Washington wouldn’t be entitled to any compensation if he leaves.

So Cousins looks likely to pocket $44 million for 2016 and 2017, then hit true, unrestricted free agency in 2018. He’s already made a fortune, and if he has a big season, he’s set to make even more in a year.

34 responses to “Kirk Cousins signs franchise tag

  1. savvy move getting rid of his best 2 receivers, franchising him, then offering him less money after next season due to an inevitable reduction in stats.

  2. Is this signing a glimpse of hope for Redskins fans? First, Cousins asks the owner — and not anyone in lower management — for a trade. That potentially signaled Cousins’ dissatisfaction with someone in lower management who now may be out. If so, and it’s a big if, now that he’s gone, is it coincidence or not that Cousins signs his tag the day after McCloughan is fired?

  3. What a ridiculous amount of money for one year of throwing a football.

    Although, knowing that it also comes with having to live in the overpriced stink-hole that is the DC metro, plus putting up with the shenanigans of Snyder and Allen, if you consider $10m of that to be an aggro premium it feels a lot more justified.

  4. Hey maybe the Browns can trade for him for a 4th rounder and get another 2nd round pick as well !

  5. LOl. I can’t believe from a business standpoint why the Redskins just handed over the vault for a 1 year deal when he’ll have NO wr’s to throw to. He plays this year and even if he’s average, he always has the reason…I had no wr to throw to. The Redskins are sinking fast!!!

  6. Way to go Kirk. who wouldn’t take 24 mil for one year. you have nothing to lose. After the season, Run Run Run away from this franchise.

  7. I have always liked Kirk Cousins and thought he was pretty good. A couple years ago he had the highest completion percentage in the NFL (by quite a large margin, too). Last year wasn’t as awesome, but he definitely has the potential to win a lot of games. The Redskins would be fools to even consider letting him go to another team, in my opinion.

  8. edukator4 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:31 AM
    savvy move getting rid of his best 2 receivers, franchising him, then offering him less money after next season due to an inevitable reduction in stats.

    You are right, Garcon and Jackson gone.

    Wonder if the Texans are in on him instead of Romo? Hopkins and Strong need more than Savage to get the ball downfield.

  9. Here at the Trailer Park we all agree that Cousins is a smart business man, and a average QB.

  10. Why sign the tag? You still have all the leverage over the team…

    As for his numbers, they are well above average in this league, but comparables against Brady, Ryan and Rodgers are ridiculous. Those guys spend the 3rd and 4th Qs running out the clock in wins. Cousins and his Skins trail many games so they continue to heave the rock.

    Although he is a decent QB, he doesn’t always perform in clutch situations. I think he’s a great stop gap for now for the 49ers.

  11. The Team From Washington DC is doing some strange stuff. Very curious how this plays out. If The Team From Washington DC is gonna tank it they shouldn’t pay a QB 24M. If they aren’t, they should hang onto their dang receivers.

    The Team From Washington DC seems to be a perennial drama center. Maybe that’s because The Team From Washington DC is battling the karma of having the single most racist name, by far, in American professional sports? A slur so vile it could NEVER be used in any kind of actual conversation (aside from talking about The Team From Washington DC)?

  12. Not for nothing, but Cousin’s will make $10 mil more than Rodgers and $9 mil more than Brady in 2017. It is the nature of the beast and contract timing. It would certainly be interesting to see what the 2 #12s would get in comparison if their contracts were up and were negotiating long term deals this year. With Aaron looking to redo his current deal after hearing what Mike Glennon is getting, we may find out.

  13. Then he came out and said, “I’ll be a 49er, if not in 2017, then in 2018.” What’s the point of the Redskins keeping him?

  14. The Redskins knew they were losing one of their receivers. Both is a surprise but I’m sure they planned for it. Jordan Reed will be the man and Vernon Davis is still very good. Crowder proved himself last year and they expect big things out of Doctin. You’ve got a WR heavy draft and they might find a FA. What would help Kirk the most is a better running game.

  15. “$44mm for just above average….ouch skins”

    Average? He set almost all of the Redskins single season passing records and has been consistently among the better QB’s in the league. He’s living proof that perception is all that matters. You guys see Sportscenter talking about an interception he threw and are convinced he throws twice the interceptions as touchdowns.. He has a reasonably low INT percentage save for a few thrown at very inopportune times, some of which were tipped balls or receivers stopping on a route. He’s not going to win 7 Super Bowls but quit acting like the guy is just lucky to be in the league..

  16. Just looked, in fact, of the 12 QB’s not named Kirk Cousins to throw 4000+ yards only 5 threw for fewer interceptions. The average interception percentage was 2.2% on passes attempted while Cousins threw just 1.98%.. But yeah, he’s just lucky to be playing the game..

  17. harshedmellow says:
    Mar 10, 2017 12:19 PM

    Maybe that’s because The Team From Washington DC is battling the karma of having the single most racist name, by far, in American professional sports? A slur so vile it could NEVER be used in any kind of actual conversation (aside from talking about The Team From Washington DC)?
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    Wow. The next 8+ years are going to be really, really hard on people like you.

    Good.

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