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Redskins Considering Franchise Tagging Kirk Cousins to Trade Him

Redskins Considering Franchise Tagging Kirk Cousins to Trade Him

By now, we know that the Washington Redskins traded for QB Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Colts don't have maximum confidence in the health of Andrew Luck after missing a season, they could take a look at acquiring Cousins.

As Schefter notes, tagging Cousins for a third time would drastically impact other teams' draft and free agency strategies, and it would prevent the signal caller from choosing where he plays for the next four to five years. Three teams were mentioned by National Football League execs as the most likely landing spots for Cousins.

Drew Brees, another veteran who would draw top dollar on the free-agent market, has made it clear he intends to return to New Orleans, narrowing the Broncos' veteran targets even more.

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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. Once that date passes, as it did for Cousins and the Redskins the last two years, players are stuck on a one-year deal. Tagging Cousins would put Washington on the hook for about $34.5 million in 2018.

The Washington Redskins are reportedly considering franchise-tagging quarterback Kirk Cousins before trading him.

During his interviews on Radio Row on Monday, Cousins repeated much of what he said at his end-of-season event with 106.7 The Fan last month about winning being more important than money and the ball being in the Redskins' court. If he wants to, Cousins can balk at signing off on the franchise tag designation.

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Fans have already seen plenty of rumors about Kirk Cousins and his situation with the Washington Redskins. Meanwhile, the Redskins and other team work out a trade agreement.

It is a decision that Washington will have to make in the coming weeks.

"Whatever you say, sir", Cousins replies. "They couldn't afford to wait, and so they had to make a move". So maybe he wouldn't delay signing the tag's tender. Yes, but in that case, Washington would not get the 2019 third-round compensatory pick that it would receive if Cousins leaves in free agency in the traditional way.

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