Redskins considering franchise tagging Kirk Cousins before trading him

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Under the franchise tag this year, Cousins would make close to $34.5 million. If he wants to, Cousins can balk at signing off on the franchise tag designation.

NFL Network reported that Smith will sign a four-year extension worth $94 million with $71 million guaranteed, which essentially locks him in as the starter.

If Cousins is tagged, his $34.5 million salary would count toward the Redskins' salary cap.

And like most things National Football League, there's betting odds on where a key free agent will sign, and now the odds are out on which team Cousins will be playing for during the 2018-19 campaign. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Redskins will consider using the franchise tag on Cousins.

The Jets can't go into next season with their current quarterback situation as it's expected they should have at least one, maybe even two new faces in the mix. It looks like I'm going to be a free agent on March 14. Turning down a one-year deal worth over $34 million in fully guaranteed money would be hard, but a multi-year deal with another team would surely have more guaranteed money than that and also bring some stability.

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Meanwhile, if the Jets land Cousins, former Browns quarterback Josh McCown could become available, and would fit the role of a bridge quarterback to start games and mentor a rookie, possibly Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, which would allow him to choose his next National Football League team (just like Peyton Manning did in 2012). Cousins could delay signing the franchise tag for months, preventing the Redskins from making a deal before the draft, and for awhile after.

But Cousins has no good reason to cooperate with the Redskins, and immediately sign the franchise tender to facilitate a trade. Meanwhile, the Redskins and other team work out a trade agreement. I understood that. They wanted to do a deal, but because I wanted to go a little longer, it put them in a tough spot.

Under this scenario, the Redskins could potentially get more for Cousins than just the 2019 compensation draft pick they would receive if he were to leave as a free agent.

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