Cousins Not Interested in Long-Term Deal Now

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

The deadline for players on the franchise tag to sign long-term deals with their respective teams is Monday, July 17, at 4 p.m. EST. The Redskins could have locked Cousins into a long-term deal at any time before now, dating back to when he took over from Robert Griffin III in the 2014 season.

Kirk Cousins was given the franchise tag by the Washington Redskins this year, meaning he will make $23.9 million in salary.

Kirk Cousins will not rule the Washington Redskins, even if both sides can not come to an agreement by the deadline.

The way the NFL's franchise-tag system works, if there's no long-term deal by Monday, Cousins will hit the market as either a restricted or unrestricted free agent in 2018, and it seems probable that he will probably want to leave Washington at that point.

In doing so, Schefter reports Cousins will have "more leverage than any player has had in any recent year". The Redskins are reportedly embroiled in an internal battle about just how much Cousins is worth.

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If Shanahan believes it's Cousins, then they have to trust him. Washington can not negotiate with its franchise QB until after the season. San Francisco signed a bridge QB this offseason in Brian Hoyer and didn't draft a future starter, so until they either settle on a QB or Cousins signs with Washington on a multi-year deal, those rumors will likely persist.

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.

Of course, nearly nobody in the NFL has more cap room projected for the 2018 offseason than the 49ers, and again, everybody in the league knows this.

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

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