Washington Redskins Hit Quarterback Kirk Cousins With The Franchise Tag
The Washington Redskins put an exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins on Tuesday.
Cousins had a nonexclusive tag put on him last offseason and is now the first quarterback in NFL history to be tagged twice while playing for the same team, ESPN reports.
Under the exclusive tag, the Cousins is not allowed to negotiate with other teams unless the Redskins decide to trade him. In that case, the quarterback would be given permission to talk to interested teams in order to work out a deal before the trade is completed.
The Redskins can negotiate a long-term deal with their quarterback until July 15. If a deal is not struck between the team and Cousins by that time, they will have to stall negotiations until the conclusion of the Redskins’ season.
Cousins has reportedly expressed interest in quarterbacking for the San Francisco 49ers, a team that is desperate for a franchise quarterback.
Kyle Shanahan, who previously coached Cousins as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, recently replaced Chip Kelly as the head coach in San Francisco. Cousins liked Shanahan’s system and apparently loved playing for him.
Cousins will get $23.94 million under the franchise tag.