Bruce Allen doesn’t rule out 2018 franchise tag for Kirk Cousins

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The rules of the franchise tag create a strong disincentive against using it for a third time. It may not be enough to keep Washington from doing that in order to hold quarterback Kirk Cousins in place.

Vis CSNMidAtlantic.com, team president Bruce Allen acknowledged on Monday that Cousins could end up being on the wrong end of the franchise tag for three straight years: 2016, 2017, and 2018.

“In the Collective Bargaining Agreement, we really have one year and an option that we can do at the end of next season if we don’t get a contract,” Allen said.

There are two problems with this approach. First, the CBA guarantees Cousins a 44-percent raise over his 2017 salary of $23.94 million. That’s $34.47 million. Which is way too much for Cousins to count against the salary cap for a single season.

Second, the comment from Allen will make it even harder to get a long-term deal done before the looming July 15 deadline. It’s currently believed that the Cousins camp calculates his long-term deal based on the player making $23.94 million in 2017 and getting only a 20-percent raise under the transition tag in 2018 (i.e., $28.72 million). That’s $52.66 million fully guaranteed at signing, over the first two years. With Allen treating the franchise tag as a real possibility, that changes the value of the long-term deal to $58.41 million fully guaranteed at signing over the first two years.

The difference may not matter, given that Washington doesn’t seem to be inclined to offer even the lower amount. So it’s likely that Cousins will, for the second straight year, operate on a one-year deal.

A third franchise tag, while highly unlikely, isn’t an impossibility. If Cousins plays well and Washington goes deep into the postseason, Washington may have no choice but to pay the $34.47 million for one more year with Cousins.

Regardless, Cousins can’t lose. He will have made nearly $44 million over two years, and he’ll get $34.47 million or $28.78 million for 2018, or a long-term deal from Washington or someone else.

Washington lost two years ago, by not putting good-but-not-great money on the table in 2015, while Cousins still carried injury risk under his rookie deal and had never gotten a big-money contract. They could have had him for considerably less than $43.89 million over two years — and definitely a lot less than $72.67 million or $78.36 million over three years.

They’re now locked in to the former, and they may eventually pay out at much as $78.36 million over three years, an average of $26.12 million per year.

47 responses to “Bruce Allen doesn’t rule out 2018 franchise tag for Kirk Cousins

  1. Allen and Goodell are both guys that have cost their employers enormous amounts of money and reputation, yet are kept around because of their sparkling personalities or something.

  2. Negotiations must not be going so well if Allen has to throw out the threat of another franchise tag. The problem is that it isnt much of a threat at all. “Kirk you’d better sign this deal or in a year we’ll be forced to pay $35 million fully guaranteed!!!!”

    Oh no, anything but that!!! Only the Dan Snyder Crew could botch things this badly.

  3. Good for Kirk. It’s nice when the billionaires attempt at screwing the guys who make him his fortune backfire and end up screwing him.

    FKTR

    Kirk to San Fran 2018

  4. Love how Cousins in happily taking the franchise tag while at the same time completely screwing over the Redskins cap management, all because the GM was too hesitant to pull the trigger on a deal that would have benefited both sides – now he’s paying the price for waiting too long.

  5. “Allen acknowledged on Monday that Cousins could end up being on the wrong end of the franchise tag for three straight years: 2016, 2017, and 2018.”

    $78M over 3 years makes Cousins “being on the wrong end” a tough sell. He has continued to bet on himself and win.

  6. It’s so bizarre. Based on talk and actions, the Redskins evidently THINK they’re playing hardball with real leverage. Yet the reality is Cousins will have extracted more than his market value from them over a couple of years – then very possibly hand pick a new team, for only a measly compensatory pick 1 year later.

    Strategy and leverage indeed…

  7. Depending on how this season goes….and based upon this division (Cowboys appear strong and Eagles continue to move forward) 3rd place appears their place. Skins may be best just letting him go and starting over—nobody will pay him $20mm+ per year….move on and start over

  8. About the only possible disadvantage is that Shanahan can’t wait and drafts a QB in 2018, which would leave Cousins out in the cold come 2019. Pretty expensive way to teach everyone else a lesson…

  9. Not a Redskins or NFC fan buuut …

    I think it would be so cool if the Redskins tag Cousins for 3 years.
    It would establish a new definition of poor management.
    I understand the Redskins tagging him the first time.
    But they should have had a new contract in place before the 2016 season ended. Once they tagged him a second time, they were screwed. What leverage do the redskins have? None.
    All they can do is try and outbid the 49ers or whatever teams also want to pay him a boat load of money.

  10. Cousins must wake up everyday and pinch himself to make sure it’s all real. Kid has to love playing for the dumbest GM in the NFL. Hey, congrats to Cousins

  11. Or they are really smart and realize that keeping a carrot dangling for an extra couple million on a guy who produces vs overpaying fat Albert is the way to go.

    Ok, so we overpaid by 5-10mil per year. Getting into just one playoff game nets them an extra $50million.

    They are billionnaires…they don’t take a dump without a plan!

  12. >>“In the Collective Bargaining Agreement, we really have one year and an option that we can do at the end of next season if we don’t get a contract,” Allen said.

    If Cousins gets tagged 3 times, then he will have averaged 26MM per year for 3 years. And he’ll become a free agent.
    I’ll bet he’s shaking in his boots, praying that doesn’t happen … Not.

    I love when clowns with no leverage talk tough. Keep it up Bruce.

  13. If $78 million dollars over 3 years and the freedom to then sign a long term contract with anyone is the wrong end of the stick… I’d love to hear what’s on the right end of the stick.

    With that said, the Redskins have really botched this one (as expected). Keep in mind, this team once gave $100 million to Albert Haynesworth lol. They’re lucky I’m not Cousins.

    I’d play this season. Refuse to sign a long term deal with Washington. Sign my injury protected franchise offer immediately next year and go down week 1 with turf toe. Come back play a couple meaningless games at the end of the year and head into free agency well rested and about $60 million richer.

  14. $34 million would be a lot to a guy that hasn’t even won a playoff game.

    Heck, his $24 salary this year is a lot to a guy that hasn’t even won a playoff game.

    While we’re on the topic, his $20 million salary last season is a lot for a guy that hasn’t even won a playoff game.

  15. Never has making 35 million been on the wrong side of a deal. Outside of Tom Brady, Cousins is the most fortunate quarterback in the league

  16. I would agree that it would be totally stupid to franchise kirk again.Gonna have to disagree with most of you morons that say Allen is a terrible GM

    Did any of you see how well the Redskins drafted in April????

    Willing to bet The Redskins had a better draft than your team did!!!

  17. The Redskins are paying Cousins far more by franchising him than if they would have just signed him to a deal in the first place!

  18. blah773 says:
    May 23, 2017 12:17 PM
    all this middling over a mediocre qb. good lord. welcome to cleveland east.
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    Cleveland wishes…..

  19. This is BA being clever. He is sending a smoke screen to other GMs so they do not know what his is really thinking in regards to KC contract.

    What he doesn’t realize is the other GMs don’t give a crap about how he manages his QB salary process.

  20. No one thinks less of Bruce Allen as a GM than me, but even I can tell when someone is just posturing for possible later negotiation effect, as opposed to revealing his real intent.

  21. “Cousins could end up being on the wrong end of the franchise tag for three straight years”

    How is getting paid over 78 million for 3 years being on the “wrong end” of anything?????

  22. You’re forgetting these options:

    1. Trade him

    2. Release him.

    The release option has value in that it frees up the cap space. It would also net them a 3rd round compensatory pick.

    But if I’m the Redskins, I would trade him.

  23. The 2nd tag isn’t final yet. Let’s wait to see what happens by July 15th. You guys go crazy over speculation, not facts. Let’s see if he signs. Also, this has nothing to do with Snyder. This is about cap management by the front office. If Allen screws this up, Snyder will fire him. Period.

  24. tjacks7 says:
    May 23, 2017 1:01 PM
    If $78 million dollars over 3 years and the freedom to then sign a long term contract with anyone is the wrong end of the stick… I’d love to hear what’s on the right end of the stick.

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    their is nothing wrong with it , WHEN!!! everything works out in your favor.

    but this is not always the case;
    see –> Teddy Bridgewater

    One play and your career is over
    if Cousins would of got the tag on for the 2016 season and hurt himself the same way Bridgewater did, their would be no tag for 2017 or 2018.

    franchise tag –> you are guaranteed 1/2 (at best) of what you would get on a full contract.

    24 mil guaranteed for one year is not much when you compare it to a 50+ mil guaranteed when you sign a contract.

  25. @skinsdiehaed
    Remember all those bubble screens and check downs Kirk threw and the receiver gained yards afterwards? Cousins still got credit for the yards.until Kirk proves he can not throw a pick when the game really matters, he is an average quarterback.

  26. “But if I’m the Redskins, I would trade him”

    Who kind of trade value are you going to get for a QB that has only one year left on his contract and is due $23.94 million dollars.

    And if you suggest a sign and trade deal, why would Cousins agree to any deal knowing that:
    a) next year he would have multiple suitors willing to redefine market value rather than simply offer current market value.
    b) sign and trade will diminish the talent level of the team that he (Cousins) ultimately joins
    c) sign and trade would mean that the Redskins would have a big say in the team Cousin’s ultimately joins – rumor has it Snyder does not want to trade Cousins to San Fran because he hates the Shanahans – whereas waiting for a year would give Kirk complete control where he plays.

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