Schefter admits that the two parties are still in contact with one another, but there isn’t much for them to discuss right now.
According to Schefter, there’s nothing contentious between Washington and Cousins. However, there won’t be an agreement on a long-term deal now or anytime soon.
All signs point to the Redskins franchise Cousins in the coming weeks.
Florio’s source was adamant about this, and Florio wonders why anyone would have leaked this out earlier in the day.
This fits with what Jason La Canfora reportedly earlier in the day. La Canfora added that conversations are still ongoing, but there’s still a bridge to gap.
As of now, there are no further talks scheduled between the two parties, according to Schefter.
This all points to Washington using their franchise tag on Cousins in the coming weeks.
However, it could require them to franchise Cousins at the cost of $19 million or so in order to buy some additional time to work out a long-term deal.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton‘s six-year, $96 million deal has come up as a potential starting point for the two sides in contract talks.
Cousins, 27, played out the final year of his four-year, $2,572,688 rookie contract that included a $472,688 signing bonus and is now considered to be the best available quarterback in this year’s free agent market.
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.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.