On the same night the Redskins fired Scot McCloughan as their general manager, reports show that Kirk Cousins is expected to sign his exclusive franchise tag.
#Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will sign his franchise tag soon, source said. He’s a good soldier, knows he’s likely not going anywhere.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2017
Whether that's coincidence or not, the tag puts Cousins on the Redskins roster for the 2017 season with a guaranteed cost of $24 million.
Cousins also played the 2016 season on a franchise tag after the team and quarterback were unable to agree to a long-term deal.
So far, it seems the 'Skins and their franchise single season passing yards record holder remain far apart on a long-term deal.
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The news surrounding the Cousins situation has been wild. One report showed Cousins requested a trade from Washington owner Dan Snyder, but was turned down.
It's no secret that Cousins would be a fit for the new regime in San Francisco, led by former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
The 49ers recently signed Brian Hoyer, a veteran journeyman QB with ties to Shanahan, and that move could have been the impetus for Cousins to sign the tag as well.
Signing the tag does not neccesarily lock Cousins to the Redskins, as a tag can still be negotiated.
At the same time, Washington has until July 15th to work on a long-term deal with Cousins.