If the Washington Redskins really want to retain Kirk Cousins another year, this is the week to do it, as they're able to pace the franchise tag on the young quarterback now.
Should the Redskins' organization decide to do this, however, you can expect some major pushback from Cousins. Cousins plans to file a grievance through the NFL players’ union should this happen, per a report from the Washington Post.
Tuesday marks the beginning of a two-week period in which NFL teams are allowed to franchise tag players. If Cousins were to be tagged it would restrict him from becoming an unrestricted free agent, thus preventing him from finding another team.
Cousins is set to demand a massive contract in free agency, and it's rumored to be the biggest contract in the history of the NFL. As for the basis of Cousins' complaint, it's actually a very good one.
He intends to argue that the Redskins are violating the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, as they have no intentions of negotiating a long-term deal out of good-faith. If Cousins did get tagged he'd play for Washington on a $34.5 million guaranteed for the year.
For Washington to use the tag on Cousins would be a "spiteful" move. The tag is typically used to buy teams more time to negotiate long-term deals with players they don't want to lose.
Washington likely will let Cousins walk, however, as they recently traded for former Kansas City Chiefs signal caller Alex Smith. They even extended his contract to keep him with the organization for the next five years.
Cousins has been tagged by the Redskins for the past two seasons and have failed to negotiate a long term contract extension. If Washington did tag Cousins it could be in attempt to get something for letting him go in return.
The Redskins could tag Cousins and trade him to another team, giving them the ability to pick up some more pieces in exchange for the signal caller.
What are your thoughts on Cousins trying to fight the Redskins if they attempt to retain him with the franchise tag another year? Where do you think Cousins would fit in best if he does leave Washington? And are the Redskins making a mistake in letting him go by not compensating him financially? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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