Kirk Cousins plans to sign the franchise tag tender the Redskins placed on him Tuesday, according to a report.
Cousins received the non-exclusive tag, a one-year deal worth almost $20 million next season. Once he signs the tender, he can no longer solicit offers from other teams, though he and his agent can still negotiate toward a multi-year extension.
Signing the tender also means Cousins will be at Redskins Park for the start of the offseason. Teams with returning head coaches, like the Redskins, can begin offseason workout programs on April 18th.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported Cousins’ intention to sign the tender via Twitter on Wednesday.
Breer also tweeted some details of the negotiations between the Redskins and Cousins’ camp. According to Breer, the Redskins’ offers “have topped $16” million per year, while Cousins is seeking an average closer to the tag figure of $20.
Which, of course, would explain why a long-term deal hasn’t been struck.
The sides are expected to continue to talk and they’ve got until July 15th to strike a deal. If they are unable to reach an agreement, Cousins will play the 2016 season on the $20 million tag.
The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.
Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.
Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.
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After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.
The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).
The salary cap hits per year are as follows:
2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million
The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.
Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.
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