A new report on Thanksgiving Day says the Redskins have made up their mind: Kirk Cousins will be their starting quarterback next year, one way or another.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Washington will franchise tag Cousins for a second straight year if the two sides are unable to reach a long-term deal this summer. And it's going to cost them.
A year ago I reported the Skins would franchise Cousins and I'm told they'll do so in 2017 as well if they can't strike a long-term deal...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 24, 2016
It's not an ideal option but Skins are prepared to pay Cousins $24M next year if need be to keep off the open market where he'd be in demand— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 24, 2016
Once tagged Cousins is negotiating off $44M over the past two years. He is in line for a massive payday if he stays on this path— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 24, 2016
Over the last three games, Cousins has made a strong case that he's a real-deal franchise quarterback. The connected 81 of 119 passes (68 percent) for 1,095 yards, five touchdowns and one interception over that span.
His crowning glory was a 375-yard, three-touchdown and no-interception performance in the Washington's victory over the Packers. It earned him NFC Player of the Week honors.
As Cousins ran off the field, he shouted "How you like me now?!" at Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan. That caused a stir, but the quarterback insisted he wasn't referring to any contract matters with the celebration.
Regardless of his intent, the message seems to have been received.
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