The Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins are expected to resume negotiations on a long-term extension once the free agent signing period slows down, according to team president Bruce Allen.
Earlier this month, the Redskins used the franchise tag to retain Cousins, who promptly signed the nearly $20 million tender. Allen, meantime, said the $17.7 million transition tag was not a serious consideration.
“We thought the best thing to do was the franchise tag,” Allen said Friday morning. “It made it clear where we stood with him. We had told his agent that’s what we were going to do.”
Allen made his comments at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va., where the Redskins were honored by the Loudoun School-Business Partnership for their involvement in the community.
As for the negotiations with Cousins, Allen said he expects them to get back on track in the coming weeks once the Redskins and Cousins’ agent, Mike McCartney, get through the first couple of waves of free agency.
“As soon as free agency dies down a little bit, I’m sure his agent will engage us again in talks,” Allen said.
The Redskins have until July 15th to sign Cousins to a multi-year extension. After that date, Cousins must play on the 2016 season on the one-year tag.
Asked if he believes the money for quarterbacks has gotten “silly” in recent days, Allen said he did not.
“I don’t know if it is getting silly,” Allen said. “The good quarterbacks deserve the money. I’m sure there are some performers in the league who are watching [free agency] and thinking they might be entitled to a raise or two. But you can’t win in this league unless your quarterback plays well.”
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