Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that barring something unforeseen, there has been a “strong indication” that Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will play out the 2017 season under the franchise tag.
According to Rapoport, both the Redskins and Cousins appear to be okay with him do so.
All indications have been that a deal wasn’t going to get done by Monday’s deadline and Cousins will once again be in position to test the open market in 2018.
There has been some talk that the Redskins could use their transition tag on him next year, which would cost them around $28 million and give them the ability to match any offer he receives. Of course, Washington could always try to hammer out a long-term deal next year or allow him to meet with interested teams as a free agent.
Cousins, 28, is a former fourth-round pick of the Redskins back in 2012. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,572,688 rookie contract that included a $472,688 signing bonus when Washington elected to use the franchise tag on Cousins that paid him $19.953 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season.
The Redskins franchised him for the second year in a row this past February and he’s now set to make $23.94 million fully guaranteed for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Cousins has appeared in all 16 games and thrown for 4,917 yards while completing 67 percent of his passes to go along with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 8 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a new deal for Cousins as the news is available.