Report: Redskins to Apply Tag to Kirk Cousins

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Just 10 days after the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins reportedly broke off contract talks, the team is deciding to apply a tag to the 27-year-old quarterback, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (who is currently being sued by Jason Pierre-Paul). Whether they’ll opt for the franchise or transitional tag is still unknown.

Although the transition tag would cost Washington roughly $2 million less, it would allow for other teams to negotiate with Cousins (the Redskins can match any offer). But a franchise tag would lock up Kirk for at least another season, which would give him another trial period to prove to the team he’s worthy of a long-term deal.

You can’t blame Washington for not wanting to hand Kirk a massive deal right away. Sure, he had a tremendous season in 2015, clinching the NFC East and putting up above-average passing numbers. But the last time a Redskins quarterback did that, things didn’t work out very well the next three seasons.

Regardless of which tag he receives, Cousins will make much more than the $660,000 he received last season. In fact, if he is franchise tagged, Kirk will rake in $19.7 million. I’m sure he’d like that very much.