Redskins considering using franchise tag on Kirk Cousins again

Posted February 06, 2018

Though the trade and new contract for Smith can not be finalized until March 14, the first day of the new league year, it means Kirk Cousins is headed for free agency.

Washington sent a third-round draft pick to the Chiefs in that deal. By doing so, it would allow the Redskins to trade Cousins instead of him walking away as an unrestricted free agent.

At this point, there's no guarantee that the Redskins use the franchise tag on Cousins.

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Kirk Cousins is still the lead horse in the race because he could potentially ruin any trade that is out there, that he doesn't approve of, which puts the Skins in a risky situation.

Ultimately, it seems unlikely a tag-and-trade scenario will actually take place, but it is at least something Washington is considering, for what that is worth.

Washington could though re-sign Cousins to a franchise tag, for the third consecutive time, which would limit who Cousins could sign with. Finally, they'd forfeit a 2019 compensatory draft pick if they ultimately pulled the tag rather than letting him walk now. The reason would be to trade him and gain compensation. Turning down a one-year deal worth over $34 million in fully guaranteed money would be hard, but a multi-year deal with another team would surely have more guaranteed money than that and also bring some stability. Schefter's report is hardly definitive, but that it's even out there that Cousins could be franchise tagged by the Redskins again means there may be something to it.

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Hopefully, Graziano's bold prediction comes to fruition since it would make a plethora of Jets fans happy knowing they are getting a Pro Bowl quarterback ready to make some serious noise in the city that never sleeps. He tweeted the tag was "negotiated into CBA for teams to have "intent" to sign players long term".

McCown, who went 5-8 with the Jets last season with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions before breaking his hand, told Newsday that he'd be happy to play that role, something he did for two years in Cleveland.

A league source predicted that a second-round pick (or picks) would be in play with any potential Cousins trade, not a first-round pick (or picks).

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