Redskins & Cousins long term deal may be on hold

Ross Houston
July 17, 2017

Kirk Cousins enters his second consecutive season playing for the Washington Redskins under NFL's franchise tag.

Earlier this week, a report from ESPN's John Keim stated Cousins and the Redskins were far away from a long-term deal. The 49ers are the rumored landing spot for Cousins if the above scenario plays out. Or maybe the 49ers would rather try their hand at landing a quarterback in the draft. And, on Sunday, that was all but confirmed with just over 24 hours before the July 17 deadline to sign franchise tagged players. It could roll over ita unspent room into next season, giving it more than enough ammunition to lure Cousins in free agency.

Washington needs to see much more than that from Cousins.

Former Redskins general manager Charlie Casserly believes by not signing a long term contract, Cousins remains in a position of power. On top of that, it's been reported Cousins is really dissatisfied with the way things have gone in Washington. If they can not, the negotiation window doesn't open again until after the coming season.

Within the transition tag is a player option to sign a one-year deal for a 20 percent raise with his original team.

Cousins won over coach Jay Gruden during the preseason of 2015 and the rest is history.

If the Redskins use the transition tag on Cousins, the QB would be able to negotiate with other teams - however Washington would be able to exercise its right of first refusal and match any offer Kirk receives from another franchise.

At this point, we have to chalk this up to the NFL being a league of lies.

Naturally, this has prompted the idea Cousins hits the free-agent market in 2018 and would likely be one of the highest paid quarterbacks to be targeted.

Granted, there are those who would welcome Cousins into the Niners ranks in 2018.

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