The Washington Redskins have a bit of a situation on their hands, and it's not just the fact that they no longer have a general manager for the time being. The team and quarterback Kirk Cousins apparently couldn't come to an agreement on a long-term contract extension, so the team placed the franchise tag on him - for the second-straight year.
The move, which wasn't fully unexpected, was still a bit surprising. The franchise tag that Cousins played under last season seemed to be a "prove it" type deal. Cousins did just that, putting together a strong season complete with a 97.2 quarterback rating, 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Even still, the numbers apparently weren't enough for the Redskins to feel comfortable investing in Cousins for the long haul. So, a second franchise tag it was, but Cousins didn't immediately go to sign it. Per the Associated Press, though, he did finally wind up signing the deal, which will pay him around $24 million for one season on Friday, making NFL history in the process.
Cousins' decision to sign came 10 days after the original tag was placed on him, and he now becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to sign franchise tags in consecutive years. With a hefty price tag of $24 million for one season, it's no surprise that many teams don't opt to go the route that the Redskins have.
The good news for both sides is that the team has a few options, one of which seems to be the most appealing to Cousins. They can either work out a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline, or they can trade the quarterback. If it were up to Cousins, he'd take the trade, as reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
As you can see, Snyder apparently turned down the potential of a trade for Cousins. The push for Cousins to want to get traded probably picked up even more steam when he saw two of his top targets from 2016, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, leave in free agency.
This is looking like it could wind up being a pretty ugly situation when all is said and done, especially if the two sides can't come to a long-term deal. Cousins wants out, the Redskins want production, but overall, the arrow is pointing down currently in Washington due to a rough start to free agency and a disgruntled signal-caller. Time will tell on how this situation plays out, but it could become more clear by mid-July.
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