Kirk Cousins may not suit up for the 49ers in 2017, but he reportedly will end up playing for the Red and Gold.

The quarterback told somebody close to him, "I'm going to be a 49er" in 2017 or 2018, according to Sporting News' Eric Galko.

Cousins signed his exclusive franchise tag with Washington on Friday morning, his agent announced on Twitter.

The 28-year old will earn around $24 million next season, and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

"I think what the 49ers will do is they'll slow play this," CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco said on Thursday evening. "Kyle Shanahan is on a six-year contract, John Lynch is on a six-year contract. They don't have to make bold moves right away if it's the wrong move.

"And I think the wrong move for the 49ers would be to overpay for a quarterback -- not just the contract -- but the draft picks that it would take to get him from Washington.

"Save those draft picks, use them, build out the roster, have Brian Hoyer as your starting quarterback in 2017. And then in 2018 -- when conceivably Kirk Cousins becomes an unrestricted free agent -- sign him then."

The 49ers officially signed Hoyer on Thursday afternoon, and agreed to terms with Matt Barkley on Thursday night.