Redskins president Bruce Allen said Friday that they’ll likely pick up extension talks with Kirk Cousins agent once things settle down in the free agent market.
“As soon as free agency dies down a little bit, I’m sure his agent will engage us again in talks,” Allen said, via Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid Atlantic.
Washington elected to use the franchise tag on Cousins, which he wasted little in signing. Cousins now stands to make $19.953 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season, but this won’t prevent them from negotiating a long-term deal that would reduce this figure and offer them some additional cap space.
“We thought the best thing to do was the franchise tag,” Allen explained. “It made it clear where we stood with him. We had told his agent that’s what we were going to do.”
Previous reports have said that Cousins could be targeting as much as $19 million per year in his next contract, so we’ll have to see how things go in the coming months.
Cousins, 27, played out the final year of his four-year, $2,572,688 rookie contract that included a $472,688 signing bonus and was in position to be the best available quarterback in this year’s free agent market before he was tagged.
In 2015, Cousins threw for 4,166 yards while completing 69.8 percent of his passes to go along with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 16 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.