Although surpassing Luck’s contract would make him the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback, there is a chanceMatt Ryan, Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr all receive lucrative contract extensions this offseason that could pay out higher than Luck’s contract. As a result, Cousins could see his price tag increase if he signs an extension after these players are addressed by their respective teams.
For what it’s worth, Keim writes that Cousins’ agent is “well aware” of their leverage towards negotiations given that his franchise tag figure of $23.94 million is likely to be his base asking price.
Interesting enough, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk points out that the Redskins could use the transition tag on Cousins in 2018 instead of the franchise tag, which would pay $28.78 million in 2018 as opposed to $34.47 million. The transition tag would result in a 20 percent increase from the $23.94 million owed for the 2017 franchise tag.