Earlier today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Redskins planned to tag quarterback Kirk Cousins, but had not determined whether to use the franchise or transition tag.
But almost immediately, conflicting reports began to emerge about how settled the matter really was.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network emphasized that the Redskins were keeping all of their options on the table, including the possibility of trading Cousins.
The #Redskins are keeping all options open on Kirk Cousins. They have not ruled out tagging him and trading him, sources say.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2016
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk countered that Washington had not reached a decision on whether to use either the franchise or transition tag on Cousins.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Washington has not made a decision on whether to tag Cousins. The source added that the current plan is to not use the franchise tag.
With three reports of differing scenarios for Cousins, it's difficult to determine the reality of his situation with Washington.
For a refresher, the franchise tag would guarantee Cousins around $20 million for 2016, whereas the transition tag would pay him closer to $18 million.
An exclusive franchise tag would lock Cousins up for the year, but a non-exclusive franchise tag or transition tag would allow him to negotiate with other teams, giving the Redskins the right to match any outside offer.
Under the non-exclusive franchise tag, Washington would get two first-round draft picks in compensation for Cousins if it chose not to match an outside offer. Under the transition tag, the team would get nothing in that case.