Deadline passes without a long-term deal between Washington and Kirk Cousins

Deadline passes without a long-term deal between Washington and Kirk Cousins

Now, Cousins will likely become the first quarterback in National Football League history to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag, giving him unprecedented leverage in negotiations, if he continues to play well. On May 2, right after the draft, we made [Kirk] an offer that included the highest fully guaranteed amount upon signing for a quarterback in National Football League history [$53 million] and guaranteed a total of $72 million for injury. Cousins, 28, will make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 after $19.95 million a year ago.

And unlike previous year, the odds of Cousins and the team ever coming to terms on a long-term contract seem to be minimal at best given the statement that team president Bruce Allen made on Monday (it would help if he could remember his QB's first name).

The transition tag would allow Washington to match any offer Cousins received from another team.

The Redskins placed the franchise tag on Cousins in February to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Cousins had the best statistical season of his career in 2016, completing 67-percent of his passes for 4,917 yards and throwing 25 touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions.

The Washington Redskins haven't been too kind to their franchise quarterback over the last few days.

The 28-year-old Michigan State product is going into his third full season as the Redskins' starter.

Seriously. The president of the team can't get the quarterback's name right. But Washington was unwilling to pay Cousins an average of the $23.94 million he is set to receive on this year's franchise tag, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported.

Plus, with the franchise tag already assigned, there was also no reason to do a deal in May until Cousins saw if Derek Carr was rewarded a contract extension and the numbers that came with it. However, the eye-popping moment came when team president Bruce Allen made a decision to air that the Redskins offered a deal but Cousins never responded. If they franchise him a third time it costs them $34,478,784 in 2018, meaning he would receive $78.3 million in fully guaranteed money, which is almost double Carr's deal with the Raiders.




So, how does Cousins feel about the Redskins publicly slighting him on multiple levels? The reality is, it would have taken the cost of the next two franchise tags to really get a deal done - in other words, $58 million guaranteed.

Cousins now has himself in position for a big payday, from the Redskins or elsewhere.

Shortly after the extension deadline passed, Redskins president Bruce Allen released a statement regarding Cousins and their negotiations.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins said a long-term deal was "closer than people would think", but that he wasn't rushing into accepting the team's proposal or to counter.

"So that's why I say the communication was positive", Cousins went on.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Just over a week before training camp opens, the Carolina Panthers have no general manager.

So what if Cousins is decent this upcoming season, but doesn't hit the marks he has for the previous two.

Just over 3,000 miles from Washington sits his former coach, Kyle Shanahan, who has taken over hapless San Francisco.

"While there was a deadline this summer, the real time to make a decision for next year is next year", he said. If the deadline had been October or November, maybe we get a deal done.

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