Redskins Considering Franchise Tagging Kirk Cousins to Trade Him

Feb 05, 2018, 06:09
Redskins Considering Franchise Tagging Kirk Cousins to Trade Him

ESPN reported Sunday that the Redskins are discussing using the franchise tag to retain Cousins for the goal of seeking a trade to recoup assets after agreeing to a deal earlier this week to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tagging Cousins would prevent him from becoming a true unrestricted free agent, able to sign where he wants once the new league year opens March 14, and could impact how other teams approach free agency and the draft. Cousins, the team's 2012 fourth-round pick who was franchised each of the last two offseasons, would hit free agency in a few weeks and finally be free to sell his wares to the highest bidder.

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Washington was going to be a laughingstock when they lose Cousins for nothing after paying him $43 million the last two years. More importantly, Cousins could effectively hold out by not signing the franchise tag, which would keep $34.5 million of cap space occupied, harming the Redskins' free agency flexibility.

Banner considers a tag-and-trade scenario "highly unlikely, but not impossible" here, because "the risk of getting stuck is far too high", if the deal falls apart, since Washington would be on the hook for Cousins' enormous 2018 salary the moment he signs the tag's tender. LIKE NFL by Chat Sports on Facebook to be notified when the NFL Daily goes live at 6 p.m. ET every day! The Redskins, with Robert Griffin III on the roster and with uncertainty over Cousins' future, wanted to wait. Therefore, they're more likely to seriously pursue the next tier of quarterbacks, including Cincinnati's AJ McCarron, whoever shakes out from the Vikings, and other potential free agents. They believe it is nothing more than a business decision, a way for the team to try to get back at least the third-round pick it is trading to Kansas City for Smith. "I haven't had a chance to pick where I play since 2007, when I chose to go to Michigan State". Teams can begin designating franchise players on February 20.

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Cousins told USA Today it would be hard to move on from playing with teammates, singling out running back Chris Thompson, among others.

Death to the franchise tag! Three teams were mentioned by National Football League execs as the most likely landing spots for Cousins. All of it. They botched the Cousins situation by refusing to pay him market value with the guaranteed money he deserved. "I would enjoy gathering the information and talking with him and learning more about Denver along with the other teams that are out there".

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"Anytime you hear positive things from your peers it means a great deal", Cousins told USA Today.

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