The franchise tag signing deadline is rapidly approaching and a large handful of NFL teams, including the Washington Redskins, have yet to get their deals done.
If the team wants any chance to sign Kirk Cousins this year, they have to do it fast. If no deal gets done before the deadline, Cousins may be heading for another year under the tag next season or free agency.
Its not a requirement to get the deal done before July 17th, but there will not be another chance for a multi-year deal for six months. Basically he cannot sign a new deal until the Redskins season ends.
Right now Kirk Cousins is earning $24 million in 2017 for his second straight year under the tag.
When is the 2017 NFL Franchise Tag Signing Deadline?
The 2017 NFL Franchise Signing Deadline is Monday, July 17 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
What Does the Franchise Tag Signing Deadline Mean?
The Franchise Deadline prevents a player and team from negotiating a contract throughout the NFL season, pre- and regular. Teams can only offer a player a deal for that current season, which will rarely happen. Why would a player accept anything less than what they are guaranteed? Why would a team offer more money, out of their cap space, than they have to?
Why is there a Franchise Tag Singing Deadline?
The Franchise Signing Deadline is in place for a team to not take advantage of a player not performing well throughout the season. Negotiations would not distract a player from performing throughout the season and give them the best opportunity for success.
Which Franchise Tags have yet to get a deal?
Chadler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals
Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers
Melvin Ingram, LB, Los Angeles Chargers
Trumaine Johnson, CB, Los Angeles Rams
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Exclusive
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins - Exclusive