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Report: QB Kirk Cousins to File a Grievance if Redskins Place Franchise Tag On Him

Current Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins knows all too well that the team has no intentions of playing him as their starter in 2018 after the team’s trade with the Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

There’s still rumblings that Cousins could have the franchise tag put on him, but a report from the Washington Post states that Cousins would not take that act lying down, and would file a grievance if in fact that happens.

Here’s the report from the Post.

Cousins will file a grievance through the NFL players’ union if the Redskins stick a franchise tag on him, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The basis for the complaint is simple: Cousins could argue that the organization is violating the terms of the collective bargaining agreement because the team has no intention of engaging in good-faith negotiations on a long-term deal, or having him play under the franchise tag amount of $34.5 million guaranteed in 2018.

Several league sources have characterized the potential act of tagging Cousins as a “spiteful” move, citing the spirit of the franchise tag and the ongoing saga involving both camps. The franchise tag is typically used to buy teams more time so that they can continue contract talks on a possible long-term deal. Players who are tagged have to sign a multiyear contract or extension by 4 p.m. on July 16.


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One Response to “Report: QB Kirk Cousins to File a Grievance if Redskins Place Franchise Tag On Him”

  1. Treat Capt. KIRK with respect says:

    KIRK’s been gone since the end of his rookie contract.

    BRUCE ALLEN just can’t stand MIKE SHANAHAN being right about him being successful.

    Some other thoughts about the defensive roster.

    On defense:

    At DT/DE [8]

    ANTHONY LANIER, STACY McGEE, JONATHAN ALLEN, MATT IOANNIDIS, TERRELL McCLAIN, re-sign PHIL TAYLOR, Sr, and move a re-signed TRENT MURPHY to DE. Draft a DT/DE at #13, VITA VEA my choice.

    At OLB [4]

    PRESTON SMITH, RYAN KERRIGAN, re-sign JUNIOR GALLETT, CHRIS CARTER.

    At ILB [5]

    MASON FOSTER, ZACK VIGIL, re-sign ZACK BROWN, JOSH HARVEY-CLEMONS, move RYAN ANDERSON from OLB.

    At CB [5]

    JOSH NORMAN, QUINTON DUNBAR, JOSH HOLSEY, free agent, draft # 109. My choice RASHAAN GAULDEN.

    At S [4]

    D.J. SWEARINGER, MONTAE NICHOLSON, FISH SMITHSON, SU’A CRAVENS.

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