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.
Redskins are tagging QB Kirk Cousins, per league source. Only decision left is whether team uses franchise or transition tag on him.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 26, 2016
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.