Mike McCartney, the agent for Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, announced via his Twitter account Wednesday that his client has officially signed his franchise tender.
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) March 3, 2016
Washington placed their non-exclusive tag franchise tag on Cousins Tuesday, so he wasted no time in signing the tender.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk takes this as a sign that the Redskins shouldn’t have used the franchise tag on Cousins.
The franchise tag will run the Redskins $19.953 million fully guaranteed for the 2016 season, but won’t prevent them from negotiating a long-term deal that would reduce this figure and offer them some additional cap space.
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported last week that the Redskins were offering Cousins as much as $15 million annually in a long-term contract.
However, Ian Rapoport reported that Cousins is looking for “at least” $19 million per year in his next deal.
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.
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.