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Exclusive tag does not guarantee a Cousins return to the Redskins

Exclusive tag does not guarantee a Cousins return to the Redskins

The Redskins have placed the exclusive franchise tag on Kirk Cousins but that does not guarantee that he will be in a Redskins uniform in 2017.

Had the Redskins gone with the non-exclusive franchise tag, Cousins would have been able to negotiate with other teams, with the Redskins having the option of either matching an offer or getting compensation from the other team instead.

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As the name would imply the exclusive tag will block Cousins from negotiating with other teams without the Redskins’ permission. Once he signs the tender, which he likely will do within the next few days, the salary, which will be in the neighborhood of $24 million, will be fully guaranteed.

But the tag doesn’t end the process. The Redskins have until July 15 to sign him to a long-term deal. If they don’t believe they can get that done they can trade is rights to another team. As a practical matter, the receiving team would want to sign Cousins to a new contract before giving up much of value for him. That’s where the part about the Redskins being able to give him permission to speak to another team comes in.

By giving Cousins the exclusive tag, however, the Redskins are sending a signal that they want to keep Cousins around long term. If they were more interested in dealing him before he likely becomes a free agent in 2018 the non-exclusive tag would have been the way to go.

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Still, this has a long way to go. The Redskins may have to make Cousins the highest-paid quarterback in the game to lock him up for the next four or five years.

Nobody is saying that Cousins in the best in the business or even in the top half dozen signal callers in the game but the system is such that he might be able to get over $24 million per year.

Stay tuned to see how this turns out. Unlike last year, when Cousins getting the tag and signing it quickly was the end of the process, this could be only the beginning.

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.

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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.

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Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.

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In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.

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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.