Why wait? Cousins signs his franchise tender


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.

58 responses to “Why wait? Cousins signs his franchise tender

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. …….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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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…….

  16. “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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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….

  20. 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.

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

    “Where’s the pen!?!?!”

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. @ 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.

  30. “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.

  31. 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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