The deadline to sign players with franchise tags to multi-year deals has come and gone and Kirk Cousins remains without such a deal for the second straight year.
The #Washington Redskins and star quarterback #Kirk Cousins are not expected to be able to work out a deal before today's deadline for franchise tagged players. I'm not the only one and we're not going to have careers if we don't have a great year this year, so we all don't look much further than this season. Assuming Cousins can maintain his level of play from the past two seasons - he's completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 9,083 yards, 54 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a 99.3 passer rating since 2015 - or even improve, someone might hand him an Andrew Luck type of contract.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is in the driver's seat as contract negotiations go.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins walks off of the field after the Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers.
Cousins has established himself as the Redskins' all-time leader in many QB statistical categories but, in the eyes of the front office, he may not have done enough to be paid long-term as one of the top signal-callers in the NFL.
Florio said if there is no long term deal after this season, Cousins could make $28.7 million under a transition tag or $37.4 million under a franchise tag.
Three quarterbacks have been in the news recently. Again, this should come with little shock to most fans. This will be the second year in a row the Pro Bowl quarterback will play under the tag, which will pay him $23.9 million. If a multi-year contract is not signed by early Monday afternoon, he will not be eligible to sign an extension until after the end of the regular season. But the soon-to-be 29-year-old quarterback won't have 1,000-yard receivers DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon at his disposal this season, and offensive coordinator Sean McVay - who ran the offense during Cousins' two breakout seasons - became the Los Angeles Rams' head coach.
But after taking over as the full-time quarterback, Cousins has thrived.
"I think being a starting quarterback you should be a leader and feel good no matter what his contract status is", Gruden said in March. The first way is that Cousins is set up to earn a huge, long-term deal following the season. The quarterback market is such that even if Cousins is coming off an injury or a disappointing season, the bidding for him would be likely to be spirited.