Kirk Cousins would be the first quarterback in NFL historical past to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag.
Cousins and the Washington Redskins did not signal an extended-time period deal by the deadline Monday. He’ll make $23.ninety four million on the franchise tag in 2017 after incomes $19.ninety five million final yr.
Workforce president Bruce Allen stated in a ready assertion that the Redskins’ objective was to signal Cousins to an extended-time period contract, and that they provided him $fifty three million assured or $seventy two million within the occasion of damage. That may have been the second-most absolutely assured cash given to a QB behind Aaron Rodgers’ $fifty four million.
“Regardless of our repeated makes an attempt, we now have not acquired any supply from Kirk’s agent this yr,” Allen stated. “Kirk has made it clear that he prefers to play on a yr-to-yr foundation. Whereas we might have favored to work out an extended-time period contract earlier than this season, we settle for his choice.”
Cousins’ agent, Mike McCartney, declined an interview request made earlier than Allen issued his assertion. Allen stated the group’s supply was made Might 2 and that he met with Cousins nose to nose over the weekend.
The 28-yr-previous Michigan State product goes into his third full season as Washington’s starter. Cousins set franchise data with four,166 and four,917 yards the previous two seasons, however has but to win a playoff recreation.
Oakland’s Derek Carr signed a deal final month that ensures him $forty million. Carr has additionally not gained a playoff recreation, however has performed solely three professional seasons, Cousins will head into his sixth NFL marketing campaign and was a backup to Robert Griffin III to start out his profession.
In forty six video games, together with forty one begins, Cousins has accomplished sixty five.6 % of his passes for 12,113 yards, seventy two touchdowns and forty two interceptions.
“I feel Kirk has proved that he is within the prime 15 quarterbacks,” lately promoted senior vice chairman of participant personnel Doug Williams stated final month. “Wherever you need to put him all of it is determined by who’s taking a look at him on this league for what he is finished on this league. I do know lots of people say he is acquired to win this one, he is obtained to win that one, however I feel Kirk has proved that he can play on this league.”
Cousins and executives referred to as negotiations constructive, they usually might undergo this once more subsequent spring. If Washington makes use of the franchise tag once more for 2018, Cousins would get a forty four % increase to $34.forty seven million, or they might use the transition tag on him at a price of $28.seventy eight million.
The transition tag…