Doug Williams: We haven’t discussed tagging Kirk Cousins

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Kirk Cousins has played out the last two seasons under the franchise tag and there’s been chatter in the last couple of months that a third tag could be in play this offseason despite the Redskins agreeing to a trade bringing Alex Smith to Washington from Kansas City.

The team has until March 6 to decide what to do about a tag, which would come with a $34.47 million salary for the 2018 season if Cousins again played out the year under its terms. That would be a major hit to the team’s cap, which has led to concurrent chatter that they would use the tag with plans to trade Cousins to another team but it sounds like there’s not much fire behind the smoke.

Senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams met with the media in Indianapolis on Wednesday and said, via J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, that the team has not had a meeting to discuss using the franchise tag on Cousins. He added that he didn’t think that will change and referred to Cousins as “a free agent for sure.”

Plans can change, of course, but the Smith trade and the Cousins price tag have always made for two compelling reasons for Washington not to use a third tag. That should leave Cousins free to follow through with his plan to make visits with teams trying to sign him once the new league year starts on March 14.

21 responses to “Doug Williams: We haven’t discussed tagging Kirk Cousins

  1. I would think that a team who knows they are going to let a player become a free agent would have the common courtesy to release him before the new league year so he can look for another job. Why hold on to Cousins when they know he will be gone other than spite?

  2. The Redskins should allow “A” (Say the Jets) team to negotiate with Cousins on a contract. If that team can get Cousins to agree on a contract, they could then work out a Tag & trade for say a mid round draft pick. That way only that one team would have the ability to negotiate with Cousins while the rest of the needy QB teams wouldn’t be able to without tampering.

  3. Dan Muston says:
    February 28, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    The Redskins should allow “A” (Say the Jets) team to negotiate with Cousins on a contract. If that team can get Cousins to agree on a contract, they could then work out a Tag & trade for say a mid round draft pick. That way only that one team would have the ability to negotiate with Cousins while the rest of the needy QB teams wouldn’t be able to without tampering.

    So allow “team A” to tamper, while blocking all other teams from tampering… Interesting and inspiring!

  4. But they are still embarrassed for trading 3 ones to move up 4 spots to take RG3. They want one or two of those picks backs, so they will tag Cousins again.

    Because they are insane.

  5. I don’t know if I can stand two and a half more weeks of the same story. Cousins is available. Tagging cousins is too expensive. This team or that team is interested in Cousins, etc. etc. I hope he signs quickly on March 14th and let’s us start the phase that goes “cousins is impressed with his new team. “ “ the coaches are impressed with Cousins, Cousins teammates are impressed with him, etc. etc.” Cousins needs to be the next coming of Johnny Unitas to warrant all this press. Time will tell.

  6. I think it would be hilarious if the Skins tagged Cousins and then weren’t able to find anyone to trade with. That would completely mess up their cap space and leave them with a $34 million backup quarterback.

  7. @ Dan Muston Kirk can’t talk to anyone until after the tag deadline has passed. Once March 6th passes their is no more tag on any type. Kirk is gone bye bye. He is free at last and can put this horrible franchise in the rear view mirror.

  8. The Skins won`t release him because they would lose their compensatory pick for him next year. There was never any realistic chance DC would tag him again. He has all the leverage and will be a FA in a couple of weeks.

  9. I want Doug to suit up for Washington and Elway to suit up for Denver, just so I can enjoy another 42-10 rout. When Doug was in Tampa, I had my $6 end zone seats, so what he did in Washington didn’t surprise me a bit.

  10. Uh-oh, Doug! Talking out loud to the media like that might just lead Bruce “Winning Off the Field” Allen to say you’ve been drinking, fire you and then slap that tag on just to show he’s the man!

  11. If the Skins were to tag him it would be due to something shady and collusive about to happen. Let’s say the Jets believe the Vikes are going after him. Jets talk the Skins into tagging him and the Jets agree to trade a 2nd round pick for him. So, Cousins is tagged, Jets get a 34 million dollar QB and the Skins get a 2. This way Cousins can’t pick his team.

  12. The Redskins could have signed him for 5 years at $23M a year a couple years ago and guaranteed around $40M of it. Now they will get a solid vet for maybe a couple years and watch their franchise guy win with someone else.

  13. Doug just said they were not going to tag Cousins,what part of that do you not understand!!!!……If this team does the right thing and draft a true nose guard in the 1st,Look out!!!

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