Kirk Cousins enjoys a pleasant bargaining table

Kirk Cousins enjoys a pleasant bargaining table

Kirk Cousins enjoys a pleasant bargaining table

The Washington Redskins placed their franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins for the second straight year after the two sides could not come to a long term deal before the franchise tag deadline on Monday.

It's believed that to have a chance of signing Cousins, the Redskins would have to offer him a deal with an annual salary of around $28 million and roughly $52 million to $58 million guaranteed at signing and another $30 million to $35 million for the remaining three years.

After letting that cutoff time come and go without a long-term deal with their record-breaking quarterback (Kirk Cousins), the team's president, Bruce Allen, made a statement to the media about the situation. He said the problem with waiting is the price continues to rise with each franchise or transition tag the team uses to keep him on one year deals. He could become an unrestricted free agent next spring, or the Steelers could place the franchise tag on him a second time. He led the National Football League by completing 69.8 percent of his throws during his first full season as the starter in 2015, and a year ago he was 83 yards shy of the 5,000-yard mark.

Washington probably would have been smart to take a quarterback early in this last draft like Brad Kaaya out of Miami just as some insurance, but they didn't.

Cousins improved on his statistical performance last season, throwing for almost 5,000 yards, earning a Pro Bowl nod and leading the Redskins to consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 19 years.

Because a team that hesitates to ink it's best player two years in a row isn't a sign of strength. But Washington was unwilling to pay Cousins an average of the $23.94 million he is set to receive on this year's franchise tag, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported. He also cites sources claiming Cousins would be open to signing a long-term deal with the 'Skins after 2017. But the truth is that Cousins now has a chance to turn the tables on his employer and do to them what they did to him a year ago.

Allen's accent is the thing that makes his pronunciation of Cousins' first name a little tough to discern, but that doesn't make it a good excuse as a part of the big picture.

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For now, Cousins is the Redskins quarterback.

The Redskins could make a last-minute push to get a deal done with Cousins, who was franchised for the second consecutive year.

Cousins is entering his sixth season with the Redskins and third as the team's starting quarterback after originally being selected in the fourth round (102 overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft.

"It's always been my first choice to be with the Redskins", Cousins said Tuesday. Or he'd be tagged again and, perhaps, he'd hit free agency in 2019 when he'd make even more guaranteed. For his career, the Michigan State product has appeared in 46 regular season games with 41 starts, completing 1,025-of-1,556 pass attempts for 12,113 yards with 72 touchdowns and 42 interceptions.

"I've been called Kurt my entire life", Cousins said. That's problematic given that the deadline is Monday and Cousins reportedly wants to play with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

The proposal also called for Cousins to essentially play for less in the seasons of 2019 through 2022. "I would love to be with (Washington) long-term", Cousins said.

When Williams was promoted June 13 in the wake of general manager Scot McCloughan's firing, he said he'd let Schaffer - who was elevated the same day to senior VP of football operations and general counsel - "finish the job" with Cousins. We've got him here for another year.

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