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Why would the 49ers give up possible pursuit of Kirk Cousins? It's simple

Why would the 49ers give up possible pursuit of Kirk Cousins? It's simple

An interesting thing happened Monday night between the Redskins and Kirk Cousins, but it had nothing to do with either the Redskins or Kirk Cousins. 

Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers traded to get Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots, giving up a second round pick.

In turn, San Francisco basically removed themselves from a potential bidding war for Cousins next offseason as Washington's QB is only under contract for 2017.

Now why would the Niners go and do that? It's simple really. 

The San Francisco brain trust must not think Cousins will hit the open market in 2018.

Beyond the possibility of Washington reaching a long-term deal with Cousins before free agency opens, the Redskins still have the option to use either a third straight franchise tag or transition tag on their quarterback. The dollar amounts for either are staggering, but so was the possible offer San Francisco GM John Lynch and the 49ers could have put forward for Cousins. 

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The connection between Cousins and Shanahan is obvious, and the interest from both parties was real, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Shanahan and the Niners moving from the pursuit of Cousins to the reality of Garoppolo, a talented but less proven 26-year-old backup, surely signals that other NFL teams expect Cousins back in D.C. for at least one more year.

For the last two seasons, Redskins team president Bruce Allen has referred to the franchise tag as a "team option" and at no point has he seemed hesitant to deploy the option for a third straight year. Washington's best chance at a long-term deal with Cousins came in 2016, before the team used their first franchise tag on Cousins, and in 2017 the quarterback's representatives chose to not even enter into real negotiations with the Redskins. Instead, Cousins signed his one-year, $24 million franchise deal.

And next year?

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A franchise tag would pay Cousins $34 million. A transition tag would pay him $28 million. The QB would likely sign either, happily. 

As for the Redskins, they could remain free of a long-term $100 million plus contract for Cousins, something it seems the franchise would like to avoid. 

The Niners were the biggest threat to the Redskins when it came to Cousins. A terrible team flush with salary cap cash, San Francisco could put an offer out for the QB that would be simply crazy for a more established Redskins team to match. Now, that threat is almost certainly gone. 

Other teams will emerge as suitors for Cousins. Jacksonville or Denver seem logical spots, teams with good defenses and bad passers, and plenty of additioinal names will pop up.  

But, reading the situation, it's hard to see this move without increasing the chances Cousins comes back to the Redskins. At least for 2018. 

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

Black Friday is nearly here, and in anticipation of the holiday, you're probably planning on buying that nice, new TV or laptop you've needed for a while. But in addition to those typical Black Friday items, it's also the perfect time to pick up something for that dedicated Redskins fan in your life.

Not sure what to get the Burgundy and Gold supporter, though? Look no further than the list of 10 things below.

We've done our part by creating this list for you, just like a quarterback who gives his receiver a chance with a great throw. Now it's up to you to finish the play.

1. Redskins PlayStation 4 Skin Set

Price: $14.99

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: As someone who just bought a PlayStation 4, I'd be thrilled to be able to personalize it with this 'Skins Skin set. The only thing better than taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden is taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden with Redskins-themed controllers.

2. Redskins NFL Krazy Kover

Price: $10.02

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: This is more than a koozie; it's a sweater for your beer. Why are you still reading and not buying?

3. Redskins infant bodysuit set

Price: $26.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: The other items on this list are all for the Redskins fan in your life. This one, on the other hand, is for the future Redskins fan in your life. Quick, give them this bodysuit set before your weird, Eagles-supporting aunt does the same.

4. Redskins light up sweater

Price: $79.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: It's just like the one you've seen in the commercials, except better, because it's Burgundy and Gold! There's one for men and one for women.

5. Redskins fidget spinner

Price: $3.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: The fidget spinner fad has died down a bit, but let's be honest: when you get one in your hand these days, you still spin the heck out of it. Give the gift of spinning to those you love most this Black Friday.

6. Redskins golf balls 

Price: $13.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: I'm addicted to golf and would cherish each of these Redskins balls right up to the moment I sliced them straight into the woods on the third tee.

7. Redskins lunch box/cooler

Price: $29.99

Where to buy: Fanatics.com

Why they'll love it: People have forgotten how important it is to have a useful lunch box in 2017. Remind them with this beautiful cooler, so they can then display their dedication to Washington's team inside of their office's overcrowded fridge.

8. Redskins platter

Price: $39.99

Where to buy: Fanatics.com

Why they'll love it: We're heading into the thick of the party-hosting section of the calendar. When you're serving up your guests your finest cheeses, do it on this Redskins platter.

9. Redskins full/queen comforter set

Price: $69.99

Where to buy: Fansedge.com

Why they'll love it: With a comforter this gorgeous, you may actually want to make your bed every morning.

10. Redskins license plate frame

Price: $19.99

Where to buy: Fansedge.com

Why they'll love it: Think of how many cars sit behind you on a daily basis. Then, think of how many of those people root for the other NFC East rivals. Buy this so you can taunt them without even knowing it.

11. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy: fubotv.com

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Redskins fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime. 

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

Jay Gruden said during the offseason that the thing that scared him most was not having a good center and a backup available. The coach probably is terrified now.

Spencer Long, who started the season at center, is headed to injured reserve. He has been battling tendonitis in his knees for several weeks and, apparently, an injured quad muscle. Gruden said that Long will have surgery to fix the quad.

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Rookie Chase Roullier has been playing well in Long’s absence but he will be on the shelf at least this week. He broke a bone in his hand against the Saints and, according to a report, he has had surgery to repair it. While he has not been ruled out it seems likely that he will miss at least this game, if not more.

The Redskins’ third option is veteran journeyman Tony Bergstrom. It looks like he will start at center against the Giants on Thursday. The Redskins are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons in the league. He has started four games, all for the Raiders in 2012 and 2015. Bergstrom signed with the Redskins about four weeks ago.

Bergstrom’s backup will be Demetrius Rhaney, who was just signed. He started one game for the Rams after they drafted him in the seventh round in 2014.

As expected, both Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor are headed to injured reserve. In addition to signing Rhaney, the team will promote LB Pete Robertson and RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad. Earlier this week they re-signed DL A.J. Francis. They will have to drop one player from the 53-man roster before all of these moves are made official.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.