Redskins considering franchise tagging Kirk Cousins before trading him

by Leon Thompson February 5, 2018, 3:05
Redskins considering franchise tagging Kirk Cousins before trading him

"At the time if the Redskins had come to me with an extension, I probably would have signed it because I didn't know what was going to take place". "He's going to want to win more than anybody".

The Chiefs aren't left with nothing, either.

"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", Schefter wrote. Additionally, they have a QB ready to go in Mahomes.

"The team's gotta do what's best for them", Cousins told TMZ Sports on Thursday at the EA Sports Madden Bowl. But also, we were still building a roster around him to make him special. I've seen some games they've played in, and the last five, six minutes in a game, they start to get exhausted.

So, the Chiefs have their guy, and the Redskins have their guy.

The Redskins would immediately place a $34.5 million hold on their salary cap, essentially frozen cap space until Cousins agrees to the franchise tag.

Well, Washington is exhausted of negotiating, so now he'll have to look for that payday somewhere else.

Cousins said this week he was surprised by the Smith trade but pointed to the excitement of becoming a free agent.

Cousins said he did hear this week from coach Jay Gruden about the Redskins' approach to the Smith trade.

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"In my opinion, we've already drafted a quarterback, first round a couple years ago".

From Cousins' perspective, he perhaps would not want to turn this into a drawn-out process, because that might mean missing spring practices (which are valuable for an incoming quarterback) with his new team. If Cousins is not tagged, he would be free to negotiate with other teams beginning March 12.

You know what's so insane is how they played last season.

Cleveland Browns rumors will continue to heat up as the National Football League combine and free agency approach, but as for how the team missed on Alex Smith-it never really had a chance.

"He's a good player. There's a couple guys out there". Of course, teams like the Bills, Broncos, Cardinals, and Jets could all become instant contenders if they find the right quarterback. Your players have spoken, Elway, the ball is in your court now.

With Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith traded to the Redskins and Cousins set to become a free agent in March, the Browns will explore the possibility of signing him, and every other available veteran. 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.

For some teams, the idea of not having to commit to Cousins long-term could be appealing. If they end up doing so, the first day to franchise players is February 20th.

If the Redskins do franchise Cousins, the two sides could end up in a "game of chicken" as Cousins could make life hard for the Redskins.

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