Redskins Considering Tagging QB Kirk Cousins to Then Trade Him

In what sets up as an offseason game of chicken that would markedly influence the quarterback market, the Redskins will consider placing their franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins so they can trade him and recoup some of the compensation they are sending to Kansas City for quarterback Alex Smith, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports citing league sources.

Tagging Cousins would prevent him from becoming a true unrestricted free agent, able to sign where he wants once the new league year opens March 14, and could impact how other teams approach free agency and the draft. Without a franchise tag, Cousins would be considered the NFL’s top available free agent, expected to draw interest from Arizona, Denver, the New York Jets and other quarterback-needy teams.

But Washington might want a say in where Cousins winds up, which would enable the Redskins to try to extract compensation in the 2018 draft rather than having him walk away for nothing this year.

However, Cousins still would be able to wield some control of the situation and could force Washington into a challenging if not uncomfortable situation. Washington could not trade him until he signs the franchise tag, and if Cousins wanted, he could delay signing it for weeks or even months, with the Redskins having to count his approximate $34.5 million against their salary cap.

Cousins also could tell any of Washington’s potential trade partners that he is unwilling to sign a long-term deal there, dampening that team’s enthusiasm for surrendering a top draft pick for his services and holding up any potential trade.

If Washington decided to pull the franchise tag to get Cousins’ contract off its salary cap, it would lose the right to recoup a 2019 compensatory draft pick that it would get if Cousins were able to leave right away as a free agent. So tagging Cousins would undoubtedly carry risk.


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One Response to “Redskins Considering Tagging QB Kirk Cousins to Then Trade Him”

  1. Ghost of Sammy Baugh says:

    I don’t think the front office should play chicken with COUSINS. Take the comp pick in 2019.

    Our FA I think we should sign before the FA deadline in March.

    ZACH BROWN – money a problem here.
    TY NSEKHE
    JUNIOR GALLETT
    TRENT MURPHY
    NILES PAUL
    PHIL TAYLOR Sr.

    Our players we might sign depending on the FA period if they don’t sign elsewhere first.

    CHRIS LONG
    BASHAUD BREELAND – money a problem here.
    RYAN GRANT
    DUSTIN HOPKINS

    Positions we should try to upgrade in FA.

    OG/C
    WR
    RB
    DT
    ILB
    Slot CB
    FS

    Draft

    Best available considering what players are already under contract; seven picks: 1 [13],2 [44],4 [109],5 [140],6 [174],7 [205],7 [215].

    Areas of need at this point:

    Offense:
    C/OG
    WR
    RB
    QB

    Defense:
    DT
    DE
    ILB
    CB
    FS

    How far will the money go? We can’t sign all our FA’s AND potential FA’s from other clubs in all probability. Because of money, we must leave some to chance in the draft.

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