Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Kirk Cousins Open To Long-Term Deal With Washington In 2018

Kirk Cousins Open To Long-Term Deal With Washington In 2018

The Kirk Cousins contract saga with the Washington Redskins continues, and it seems that there won't be a long-term answer coming anytime soon. Again, this should come with little shock to most fans.

The deadline for players on the franchise tag to sign long-term deals with their respective teams is Monday, July 17, at 4 p.m. EST. Washington can tag him again in 2018, but will have to pay him $34.7 million, which is $10 million more than any NFL QB will make in 2017.

This makes him the first quarterback in National Football League history to play under the franchise tag for two consecutive seasons, and a third consecutive season would cost Washington more than $30 million, via Schefter. He has passed for almost 9,000 yards over the past two seasons (4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2016) and won an NFC East division along the way (in 2015).

Washington President Bruce Allen has said repeatedly that the team wants Cousins in the Burgundy and Gold for the foreseeable future.

How much money is Cousins worth to the Redskins?

Where Cousins plays beyond this season, whether it is with the Redskins or another franchise, will be determined next March.

Washington can place the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins for another season. The team selected him (in the fourth round) the same year they acquired the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft: Robert Griffin III.

The 49ers are going into the season with Brian Hoyer expected to start.

The 49ers hired former Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in the offseason (courtesy of the Mercury News). He also cites sources claiming Cousins would be open to signing a long-term deal with the 'Skins after 2017.

Cousins won over coach Jay Gruden during the preseason of 2015 and the rest is history.

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