As expected the Washington Redskins have slapped the franchise tender on their quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Prior to the 2016-17 season, Cousins played under the tag with the non-exclusive designation which allowed other clubs to negotiate with him.
Had he been offered, the Redskins would have either matched that long-term contract or been compensated with two first round draft picks for watching him walk.
For the 2017-18 scenario, he’s tagged as exclusive which means that all of the cards remain in the Redskins favor.
The own exclusive negotiating rights to Cousins and they have the ability trade him to a QB hungry club such as the San Francisco 49ers.
Cooler heads are stating that a long term deal is likely to get deal but while most players hate the tag, Cousins took to the streets of Twitter to showcase his excitement.
Tag! I’m it!
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) February 28, 2017
It’s safe to assume that he “likes that.” Cousins has produced on the field even if his clichés are a bit lame.
Still nothing is guaranteed and a foreboding feeling states that there is another plot twist forthcoming in this situation.
This is the NFL and this is the Washington Redskins. Anything can happen until a long-term deal is done. And the Redskins and Cousins have until July 15 to work it out.
Around the league other players that got slapped with the tag included: Melvin Ingram (Los Angeles Chargers), Jason Pierre-Paul (New York Giants), Chandler Jones (Arizona Cardinals), Le’Veon Bell ( Pittsburgh Steelers)