It's been rumored for months, but now a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Redskins intend to tag Kirk Cousins. But what tag remains to be seen.
Redskins are tagging QB Kirk Cousins, per league source. Only decision left is whether team uses franchise or transition tag on him.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 26, 2016
Most discussion around Cousins has centered on the franchise tag, which would guarantee a one-year salary of at least $19 million for 2016. The transiton tag would allow the Redskins the right of first refusal on any other contract Cousins is offered in the free agency market.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan made clear he would not shy away from using the franchise tag in previous comments, and it appears he meant it. The deadline is fast approaching as teams must place tags on players by 4 p.m. on March 1.
Depending on the report, Cousins and his agent Mike McCartney have been negotiating with the Redskins for some time, though it appears the club and the player have different ideas on salary and structure of the deal going forward.
Stay tuned for more as the contract talks will continue to heat up with free agency approaching.