Quite a day on tap for Redskins fans. For the second straight season quarterback Kirk Cousins and the team have been unable to push forward on a long-term contract, and now, the two sides have only until 4 p.m. to get something done. If no contract gets signed by that time, Cousins will play 2017 on a one-year $24 million franchise tag.
There will be a lot of information, and misinformation, that gets floated about on Monday. Here are three things to watch for:
- #FakeNews - This is not a political joke. Seriously, if you see that first report on Twitter that Cousins and the Redskins reached a deal, make sure it's not a fake account. Take the extra second and look at the handle before you hit the RT button. Adam Schefter? Trust. Adarn Schefter? Don't.
- Don't watch the clock - Odds are this thing will wrap up by the 4 p.m. deadline, and probably before. There is a chance, however, that actual news could come out after the deadline. If a deal gets reached, the paperwork and proper notifications have to run through the NFL office in New York. Occasionally, and often during roster cuts in late August, news comes out after suggested timeframes.
- Social media official - It's reasonably safe to expect a tweet from Kirk Cousins or his agent Mike McCartney once the situation has finalized. That has happened in the past. So, if you must get the info ASAP, check out @KirkCousins8 or @MikeMcCartney7.
Remember, there is little reason to believe a deal gets done. Try not to stress too much today Redskins fans.
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