Kirk Cousins
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2 days ago1 Comment

Cousins will play the entire first half of Friday's preseason game against the Bills, possibly even getting snaps into the third quarter, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins played one drive in Washington's first preseason game and was a healthy scratch for the second. With the team returning all of its key weapons in the passing game, it shouldn't really matter how much playing time Cousins gets during the preseason. The more interesting development is Matt Jones' shoulder injury, as the Redskins don't have a proven ball-carrier on the roster, which means undrafted rookie Rob Kelley and seventh-round rookie Keith Marshall will handle the first-team work in Friday's game. If Jones isn't ready for Week 1, the Redskins may just opt for a pass-dominant offense, with Chris Thompson getting even more work than he did last season.

Kirk Cousins
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4 days ago

Cousins was held out of Friday's preseason win against the Jets, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins was merely a healthy scratch, along with wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Expect Cousins to return to action Friday against the Bills in what will be a dress rehearsal of sorts for the regular season.

Kirk Cousins
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2 weeks ago

Cousins completed all five of his pass attempts for 39 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins failed to produce any points on his lone drive, but he avoided negative plays and escaped without any injuries. He should see more playing time in the second and third preseason games, though he probably hopes not to see too much of the field, as he'll play out this season under the franchise tag.

Kirk Cousins
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1 month ago

Cousins and the Redskins will not reach agreement on a long-term extension ahead of Friday's deadline, Yahoo! reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins' representatives and the Redskins have long been far apart on contract terms, so it's of little surprise that he won't go into the upcoming campaign with a new multi-year deal. Instead, Cousins will play under Washington's $19.953 million franchise tag, making him the first quarterback in 11 years to play under such designation. After a breakout 2015 season, Cousins will hope a similarly strong 2016 results in a huge payday next offseason, and with a bevy of weapons surrounding him, Cousins' chances of doing so appear favorable.

Kirk Cousins
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1 month ago9 Comments

Cousins is not expected to sign an extension prior to Friday's deadline for franchise-tagged players, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

If no agreement is reached by Friday afternoon, Cousins will play out 2016 with a $19.953 million salary. He'd be in line for a huge, multi-year deal if he were to have another strong season, but an ineffective or injury-plagued campaign could push him back into the price range for No. 2 quarterbacks. Cousins has a nice array of weapons to help him out, with first-round rookie wideout Josh Doctson joining a group that already includes DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder and TE Jordan Reed.

Kirk Cousins
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4 months ago

Washington GM Scot McCloughan is optimistic Cousins and the team will agree to a long-term extension before the July 15 deadline, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

EDGE Analysis

If the two parties don't reach an agreement by July 15, Cousins will play out 2016 at his franchise-tag salary of $19.953 million. Washington would then have to wait until the following offseason to offer him a new contract, with the asking price potentially much higher. There's no guarantee a deal gets done, as the team is understandably hesitant to give Cousins true franchise quarterback money after just one good season.

Kirk Cousins
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6 months ago1 Comment

Cousins will sign his non-exclusive franchise tender Thursday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports.

EDGE Analysis

After he was extended the tag Tuesday, Cousins will be able to participate in the entire offseason program, while simultaneously working on a long-term deal. After setting career highs in every major category in his first full season as a starter, a happy medium is likely desired from both parties.

Kirk Cousins
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6 months ago

Cousins will receive the non-exclusive franchise tag from Washington on Tuesday, Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan D.C. reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins' representation and Washington brass have been negotiating for some time on a long-term contract, but by placing this franchise tag on the quarterback before Tuesday's 4 PM ET deadline, the team will receive compensation in the form of two first-round picks if another organization swoops in and hands him an offer that he can't refuse. If the two sides are unable to reach terms of a deal by July 15, he'll play under the franchise tender of $19.953 million in 2016 and then be eligible for free agency next March. Setting career highs across the board last season, Cousins completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 4,166 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions, while leading Washington to the NFC East title.

Kirk Cousins
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6 months ago

Cousins may become subject to the Redskins' transition tag, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins and the Redskins haven't found an agreement in contract negotiations yet, so Washington may opt to use its transition tag on the quarterback. By doing that, Cousins would receive a one-year tender offer worth the average of the top 10 quarterback salaries. Additionally, the Redskins would be guaranteed the right of first refusal to match any other offer extended Cousins' way. While it remains to be seen which route the Redskins will ultimately take with regards to Cousins, it appears the transition tag is the latest option under serious consideration.

Kirk Cousins
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6 months ago1 Comment

Cousins and the Redskins have broken off contract talks and don't have anything further scheduled, ESPN's Adem Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

It comes as no surprise that the two sides are far apart, but it still seems highly likely that Cousins will return to Washington in 2016. If no long-term agreement is reached before March, the team could opt to use the franchise tag as a bridge to continue long-term negotiations. Washington might even allow Cousins to play out a full season under the tag, as his performance before 2015 was largely unimpressive. He was good enough last season that the team will take a massive PR hit if he leaves, but the hesitance to pay him like a top-15 quarterback is still understandable.