Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is having a fantastic 2016 and is keeping his team in the wildcard spot in the NFC.
On the season, the 28-year-old has thrown for 3,540 yards and 20 touchdowns, nine shy of his 2015 total (29). He has the highest passer rating by any active quarterback over the last 20 starts, so he's arguably the most attractive quarterback that could reach the free agency.
However, according to reports, Washington isn't even planning on allowing that to happen.
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According to CBS, if the Redskins are unable to agree upon a new deal with Cousins, they will franchise tag him for the second year in a row.
If that was the case, Cousins will be smiling, as he will 'get a 120 percent raise on his contract, which means he'd make roughly $23.94 million for the 2017 season.'
The likelihood is that this scenario won't happen as the Redskins can't afford to allow the quarterback to test the open market, as there are many quarterback-needy teams out there that would pay the boatload for his services.
NFL.com reported that: "NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport spoke with three general managers about the Redskins' QB conundrum this week. All three executives anticipate that Cousins' next contract will be worth more than $20 million annually, placing him in exclusive company with the highest-paid players in the league."
Considering the way Cousins has played this season and last, he definitely deserves a long-term contract. He's now a big-time player and one that could potentially be a franchise quarterback for the next five years or so either in Washington or another team if they choose to let him go.
Either way, Cousins is getting paid in 2017, so you better like that.