Kirk Cousins
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2 weeks ago10 Comments

Cousins and the Redskins remain far apart on long-term contract negotiations, ESPN.com's John Keim reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins suggested he's fine with playing under his franchise-tag salary of $23.94 million if the alternative is accepting a contract that the Redskins can get out of after a couple seasons. The team did offer him a five-year deal worth approximately $20 million per year, but the offer was so far from what he's seeking that Cousins' side didn't even bother countering. Depending on how much of the deal is guaranteed and when those guarantees kick in, Cousins might be amenable to a contract with an average annual value that's only slightly above $20 million. The two sides have until July 15 to reach an agreement, but even if nothing gets worked out by that time, both Cousins and the Redskins have repeatedly stated he'll be with the team for at least one more season. The team probably won't even listen to a trade offer unless it includes multiple early-round picks.

Kirk Cousins
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4 weeks ago

Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team hasn't discussed trading Cousins, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."

EDGE Analysis

The Redskins used the franchise tag on Cousins for a second straight offseason, which led to rumors the team could trade him if negotiations on a long-term deal weren't going well. The two sides have until July 15 to reach an agreement, and even if nothing comes to pass, it seems the Redskins would rather risk losing Cousins without compensation next offseason than deal him now and essentially give up their chances of competing in 2017. Meanwhile, the team lost aging wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency, but then acted quickly to sign Terrelle Pryor to a one-year, $8 million deal. The team also added Brian Quick, who provides some insurance for 2016 first-round selection Josh Doctson. Washington's backfield looks to be the weak point of the offense, but the upcoming draft could take care of that, featuring a slew of running backs with early-round potential.

Kirk Cousins
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1 month ago

Cousins said he didn't ask for a trade, but rather asked Redskins owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen if they were thinking about trading him, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Some of last week's reports were apparently inaccurate, as Cousins said he hasn't asked for a trade and was told the team isn't trying to trade him. While a long-term contract still hasn't been worked out, Cousins did sign his franchise tender Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to resume negotiations. Even if no agreement is reached, it seems the Redskins are fine with keeping Cousins around for another season under the franchise tag. The 49ers were the team most often mentioned in trade rumors, but it seems the rumors were exactly that. Unless another team completely blows them away with an unexpected trade offer, the Redskins will keep Cousins under center in 2017.

Kirk Cousins
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1 month ago3 Comments

Cousins signed his franchise tender Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins locked in his $24 million contract for the upcoming season and is now eligible to participate in team offseason programs. Washington reportedly has no interest in trading the quarterback, despite swirling rumors throughout the offseason. However, now that he is under contract, the team is able to review their options. Cousin ending last season with 4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions through 16 games.

Kirk Cousins
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1 month ago

Cousins is expected to sign the Redskins' franchise tag in the near future, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

There's nary a recipient of a franchise tag worthy of two first-round selections, and clearly Cousins falls within this arena in NFL circles. One potential landing spot was seemingly filled when the 49ers brought former college teammate Brian Hoyer into the fold this week. With no other interested party emerging, Cousins may see the writing on the wall and opt to stick with the only team he's known as a professional. If he indeed remains in Washington, the offense will boast different playmakers following the departure of wide receivers Pierre Garcon (to the 49ers) and DeSean Jackson (to the Bucs). However, Cousins will still have Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis at his disposal, as well as a pair of intriguing wideout prospects, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson (Achilles).

Kirk Cousins
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1 month ago

Cousins recently asked Redskins owner Dan Snyder for a trade, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Redskins remain hesitant to make a long-term commitment to Cousins, who understandably doesn't want to play under the franchise tag for a second straight season. He wants permission to discuss long-term contracts with other teams, who would then have to complete a trade with the Redskins after reaching terms with the 28-year-old quarterback. In addition to being frustrated with the team's stance in negotiations, Cousins probably doesn't like the idea of playing in a Washington offense that's expected to lose both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in the coming days. San Francisco is the most frequently mentioned landing spot, though the Niners have already reached an agreement with Brian Hoyer.

Kirk Cousins
QB WAS (9)
2 months ago

The 49ers' decision to add Brian Hoyer decreases the odds Cousins will be traded to San Francisco, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

A trade to San Francisco has been one of the most popular rumors leading up to the free agency period, with Washington reportedly fielding offers for its 28-year-old quarterback after using the franchise tag on him earlier this offseason. Brian Hoyer is more of a high-end backup than a true starting-caliber quarterback, but his presence could make the 49ers less aggressive in trade negotiations with other teams. It still appears that Washington and San Francisco are the two most likely 2017 homes for Cousins.

Kirk Cousins
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2 months ago10 Comments

The Redskins placed their franchise tag on Cousins on Tuesday, Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan DC reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cousins is the latest domino to fall on the franchise tag front, a decision made easy by upholding his end of the bargain after undergoing a similar experience last offseason. In 2016, he finished third among signal-callers with 4,917 yards, marking the second consecutive campaign in which he established the single-season passing mark. Additionally, he tossed 25 touchdowns versus 12 interceptions in the midst of completing 67 percent of his passes. The parties will now have a July 15 deadline to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, but if negotiations again fall apart, the Redskins will have to commit $23.94 million to five-year pro in 2017.

Kirk Cousins
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2 months ago13 Comments

Cousins and the Redskins aren't expected to reach terms of a multi-year contract prior to the franchise tag deadline on March 1, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

For the second consecutive offseason, the Redskins are expected to use their franchise tag on Cousins, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, which would be accompanied by a cap commitment of $23.94 million for the 2017 campaign. Holding leverage over the organization due to lacking QB talent on their roster, nary an equivalent option on the upcoming free-agent market, and an underwhelming draft class, Cousins has significant leverage in contract negotiations once the tender is signed. If the preceding comes to fruition, the parties will have until July 15 to reach agreement on a long-term deal, with Cousins' representation fully aware of his value due to the new surroundings for Tony Romo (potentially) and Brian Hoyer, among other signal-callers.

Kirk Cousins
QB WAS (9)
3 months ago

Team president Bruce Allen said Tuesday that the Redskins will do everything in their power to keep Cousins, an unrestricted free agent, in Washington next season and beyond, Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post reports. "Kirk's our quarterback," Allen reiterated. "He played well the last two years, and I know there's other speculation, but it doesn't come from the Redskins."

EDGE Analysis

After he broke out in 2015, there was similar talk last offseason from Washington's brass about Cousins being "our long-term quarterback," but ultimately the franchise tag was required to ensure he stuck with the only organization he's ever known. While the franchise tag is again an option, the price will be ever steeper, meaning the bottom line will likely guide the Redskins' thinking this time around. As one of three quarterbacks to surpass the 4,900-yard threshold in 2016, Cousins' potential salary can be expected to carve out a large portion of the team's available cap.