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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.

Again.

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.

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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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