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Washington Redskins may franchise tag Kirk Cousins again, seek trade

06 February, 2018, 14:19 | Author: Christina Hansen
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ESPN reported Sunday that the Redskins are discussing using the franchise tag to retain Cousins for the objective of seeking a trade to recoup assets after agreeing to a deal earlier this week to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Until Cousins signs the tag, Washington would be on the hook for the amount of his tag, which, because he was tagged past year, would be approximately $34.5 million, or 120 percent of his 2017 salary.

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Last month, the Chiefs agreed to ship Smith to Washington for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Cousins may also hold off on signing the franchise tag if there is no sign he could get a long-term deal that he wants from the team he is possibly traded to. Tagging Cousins would put Washington on the hook for about $34.5 million in 2018. Ultimately, this move would make their QB Kirk Cousins a free agent when the league year starts.

For some teams, the idea of not having to commit to Cousins long-term could be appealing.

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But given the fact they're poised to draft a quarterback at No. 1, they probably won't want to pay the possible $30 million a year Cousins could command on the open market.

"It was a surprise", Cousins told USA Today Sports' Mike Jones of Tuesday's trade.

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Tagging Cousins also gives the Redskins some say on where he plays next season, particularly since there are several NFC teams - with the Cardinals near the top of the list - looking for stability at the quarterback position. The Redskins may still end up playing tag and trying to get some sort of compensation for Cousins. Either way, Cousins would fix an immediate need and bring a much-needed spark to a team that is really just a few pieces away from being contenders again. But in order for Washington to trade Cousins, he would first have to sign the franchise tag 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.

Kirk Cousins could make life hard for the Redskins if they tagged him.

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With the Redskins trading for Alex Smith, their former quarterback Kirk Cousins will likely become a free agent with many suitors in the offseason.

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