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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.

Competitive 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 QB WAS 2 months ago1 Comment

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

Competitive 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 QB WAS 2 months ago

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

Competitive 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 QB WAS 2 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

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

Competitive 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.

Kirk Cousins QB WAS 3 months ago1 Comment

Cousins, a free agent, is a target for a long-term deal for Washington GM Scot McLoughan, NFL Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cousins almost certainly isn't going anywhere in 2016, as Washington can use the franchise tag should contract negotiations stall out this offseason. McLoughan praised Cousins's improvement throughout the season, but we'll have to see if it was enough for Washington to be willing to pony up the kind of $17-20 million average annual salary Cousins may require to lock up long-term.

Kirk Cousins QB WAS 4 months ago1 Comment

Cousins completed 29 of 46 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. He scored a rushing touchdown and fumbled three times during the game.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cousins set the league on fire during Washington's final push toward the division crown, tossing 11 touchdown passes in the season's final three weeks. Cousins' Wild Card Weekend performance didn't come out of nowhere, though, as he was held to one touchdown pass during 11 of Washington's first 13 games. Whether or not Cousins is treated as a top-rate starter next season will depend on whether fantasy drafters believe that the end of 2015 was the exception or the rule. His ability to score on the ground should certainly add to his case, only Cam Newton and Jameis Winston scored more rushing touchdowns than Cousins' five in 2015.

Kirk Cousins QB WAS 4 months ago1 Comment

Cousins completed 12 of 15 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns Sunday in Dallas before handing the reins to backup Colt McCoy.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cousins and the Redskins didn't have much to play for after securing a playoff spot last week, but they managed to build momentum heading into the postseason by thumping the Cowboys in Dallas. He was carving up the opposing secondary before leaving in the second quarter with the game already out of reach. The fourth-year quarterback really came alive late in the season, with 11 of his 29 touchdown passes coming in the final three weeks.

Kirk Cousins QB WAS 4 months ago1 Comment

Head coach Jay Gruden stated Thursday that Cousins will start Sunday's game at Dallas, though his workload is to be determined.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cousins is a candidate to receive rest in the season finale with the No. 4 seed in the NFC already secure, but it appears that Gruden will keep his quarterback fresh with a nominal number of reps Sunday. Assuming Cousins departs early, Colt McCoy awaits to direct Washington's offense, and Robert Griffin may even be active, if Gruden opts to give other offensive stalwarts -- see, DeSean Jackson (knee) -- the day off.

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Cousins could be rested in Week 17 against the Cowboys, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the Redskins locked in as the No. 4 seed, head coach Jay Gruden acknowledged that it might make sense to rest some players. He said that Cousins' status could depend on the health of Washington's offensive line, which is a bit nicked up despite having all five starters available for Saturday's win over the Eagles. Even if Gruden decides to play his starters, it would be pretty surprising to see Cousins actually finish the game.