Less than one month remains until the deadline for contract negotiations for players under the franchise tag, as the Redskins and Kirk Cousins enter into the final stretch of a more than two-year dance.
The Redskins need to get Cousins signed, long-term, or they risk losing arguably their best quarterback of the last 20 years.
Not to mention, Cousins will collect $44 million between 2016 and 2017, all fully guaranteed, if he does not sign a multi-year contract. That's a ton of money for just two years of service.
All parties involved talk about better communication and dialogue this summer compared to 2016, including Cousins and the Redskins' brass.
Does it mean a deal will get done?
Most folks close to the situation think the chances are decent, about 1 in 4, but it's hard to be overly optimistic. Unless you're Jason La Canfora.
A CBS Sports national football writer and former Washington Post Redsins beat reporter, La Canfora has voiced the most confident tone about a Cousins deal around.
For as much as Cousins can reasonably talk about $25M a year, he and his representatives are smart, savvy people, and if it ends up being $23M a year and four seasons are in essence guaranteed by the salary structure, that's a major win for the former fourth round pick. I don't see this falling apart. There's just too much at stake for both sides.
La Canfora said that he thinks there is an 80 percent chance the Redskins agree to a long-term deal with Cousins.
An aggresive stance, but there are reasons to believe it gets done.
Getting a deal done makes sense for Washington, even at a very high price tag. For Cousins, the security of a gigantic pile of guaranteed cash needs to outweigh the alluring potential of free agency in 2018.
Of course, it's possible the Redskins could again use a tag on Cousins in 2018, even at an increased price.
Prepare for anything over the next month Redskins fans.
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