Despite throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and breaking his own franchise passing yards record, the Redskins did not agree to multi-year terms with quarterback Kirk Cousins before the franchise tag deadline.
For weeks, if not months, it seemed the organization and player were not on the same page about long-term value.
Once the clock hit 4:00 p.m. on Monday the franchise tag locked in for the 2017 season.
Franchise deadline comes and goes without new deal for Kirk Cousins, who now becomes 1st QB to play 2 straight seasons under franchise tag.
Franchise deadline comes and goes without new deal for Kirk Cousins, who now becomes 1st QB to play 2 straight seasons under franchise tag.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2017
The Redskins offered Cousins $53 million guaranteed, with $72 million guaranteed for injury. But Cousins prefers to play it year-to-year.
Cousins will now make $24 million guaranteed in 2017 and again face the prospect of free agency, another tag or a new contract with the Redskins next season.
If this all sounds familiar, it should. The exact same scenario played out last year, with Cousins making $20 million playing on the 2016 franchise tag.
That means for 2016 and 2017, Cousins will have made $44 million guaranteed. And should the Redskins again use a tag in 2018, whether that's transition or franchise, the QB will make at least $72 million guaranteed during that three year span.
Due to terms of the franchise tag, Cousins and the Redskins cannot discuss another contract until the 2017 season concludes.
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