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Redskins Haven’t Ruled Out Placing the Franchise Tag on QB Kirk Cousins

Redskins Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams told reporters Wednesday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team has all but ruled out the possibility of placing the franchise tag on veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins for a third time, Kimberley Martin of the Washington Post reports.

“He’s a free agent for sure,” Williams said, adding that he “doesn’t think” the organization will opt to tag Cousins and pay him a guaranteed $34.5 million in 2018.

The Redskins technically have until the league’s March 6 deadline to designate Cousins for the tag, thereby keeping the quarterback from hitting free agency in a few weeks. But while Williams noted “it’s not too late” to go that route, he immediately downplayed the likelihood of such a scenario. “We haven’t really talked about that. … I can’t remember one meeting where we talked about the possibility of tagging him.”

With Cousins and the Redskins clearly on the path to parting ways, the 29-year-old will soon have a chance to test the market. He’ll have at least three suitors for sure: the New Jets, Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos.

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