Kirk Cousins Wants To Play for A Contender

Kirk Cousins Wants To Play for A Contender

The Redskins want to franchise tag Kirk Cousins so they can trade him, according to a report. Washington would not be able to trade Cousins until he signs the franchise tag if the team does take this approach, which means Cousins may refuse to sign unless he agrees to go where he could potentially get dealt.

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.

Yes, tagging Cousins would prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Instead, Washington could place a franchise tag on him and not only get something back for him, but control where he goes. The Redskins had until March 6 to decide whether to use the franchise tag on Cousins for an unprecedented third consecutive year, which would have resulted in a one-year deal worth close to $34.5 million.

Cousins could also agree to the franchise tag, but then make it very hard for another team to trade for him - either by making exorbitant extensions demands or flat-out saying he won't play there beyond 2018.

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Rahm , another Arizona State product and Phoenix's other beloved adopted son, is just a shot back of Fowler at 13 under. Thomas shot a triple bogey on the par-5 15th and then a double bogey on the par-3 16th to finish the day at even par .

Washington traded for Alex Smith earlier this week, a clear sign they did not want to lock into Cousins as their long-term QB.

After this trade, that leaves about five teams that are in the mix for a quarterback this offseason: the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns.

"In this league and my story, I've learned that curveballs come all the time", Cousins told SiriusXM NFL Radio at the Super Bowl this week. The fourth-round pick from Michigan State was a Pro Bowler in 2016 and has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in each of his three seasons as the starter in Washington. For Kansas City, Andy Reid and the front office are ready to hand the keys of the offense over to Patrick Mahomes, a player who KC spent a first round pick on in last year's draft.

First, and perhaps foremost, the Browns have about $112 million in cap space this offseason, which is good for second most to spend in the National Football League (behind the San Francisco 49ers, who are thought to throw a lot at mid- season acquisition Jimmy Garoppolo). Every player looks forward to free agency. Once that date passes, as it did for Cousins and the Redskins the last two years, players are stuck on a one-year deal. There's a chance that Cousins could be the quarterback that's missing for each of those teams, putting them all on level footing. Cousins told USA Today he spoke to owner Dan Snyder and coach Jay Gruden, but not team president Bruce Allen.

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