UPDATE: According to Chick Hernandez at CSN Washington, QB Kirk Cousins will not sign any long term deal with the Washington Redskins as long as Bruce Allen remains Team President. Welp. That pretty much means that Cousins’ is gone. Allen likely has a position for life.
QB Kirk Cousins has signed his franchise tag tender today with the Washington Redskins. The franchise tag will cost the Redskins $23.94 million this season if he remains a Washington Redskin.
There is a lot going on in the Cousins saga.
There are various reports out there that Cousins has commented that he will be a SF 49er in 2017 or 2018. Those kind of comments make it certain that the bridge between the Redskins and Cousins are likely irreparable. In fact, several media sources report directly that Cousins has no plans to sign a long term deal with the Redskins and would refuse to do so, because of his desire to reunite with Kyle Shanahan. Interestingly, those type of comments may provide the Redskins ammunition, if they choose, to potentially pursue tampering charge against the SF 49ers. Cousins reportedly appealed to Allen and Snyder for a trade.
However, outside all that above, the Redskins clearly have to determine what is the best course ahead. Clearly, Cousins is gone, either this season or next season. He is not the franchise quarterback for the Redskins because he does not want to play for the Redskins. If he does play on the franchise tag this coming season, he will depart with no return to the Redskins. Additionally, the Redskins must ask, what kind of effort will they really get from Cousins in 2017? Should they let him play for the franchise in 2017, what is the point of that? The relationship between Cousins and the Redskins is clearly dead. It will not be repaired. He does not want to play here. The Redskins need to pursue the best possible trade option and execute it so the franchise, the fans, and the offense can move past this major distraction. For Redskins fans, it is time to accept the fact that the relationship is irreparable and Kirk Cousins will not be the franchise quarterback in Washington.
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