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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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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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