It is the first time in National Football League history that a quarterback will play under the tag in back-to-back seasons.
After Monday's deadline passed for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term contracts, Redskins president Bruce Allen released a statement revealing their offer to the quarterback.
Last year, Cousins' first with the franchise tag, the deadline came and went without much in the way of serious negotiating. If the Redskins decide to use the franchise tag on Cousins again next year (and they won't), they'll have to caught up $35 million.
Cousins had the best statistical season of his career in 2016, completing 67-percent of his passes for 4,917 yards and throwing 25 touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions.
Washington probably would have been smart to take a quarterback early in this last draft like Brad Kaaya out of Miami just as some insurance, but they didn't.
Washington could franchise him for a third straight season. The team says they want to see another year. It might be the smartest play at this point, but the team would be absolute fools to let another draft go by again without picking some insurance. The transition tag ($28 million) or franchise tag ($34 million) would both bring significant raises next season; The Post's Mike Jones reported that Cousins's average salary from 2019 through 2022 would have been in the low $20 million range. Even if good faith long-term contract talks that don't paint the player as greedy had been going on, it would help if a key person in the Redskins' organization could call Cousins by the proper first name. But the truth is that Cousins now has a chance to turn the tables on his employer and do to them what they did to him past year.
Cousins didn't blame Washington for the lack of a long-term agreement, even if he had every right to.
Yet, the May offer is on par for how the Redskins have miscalculated Cousins in this entire process.
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The Redskins could make a last-minute push to get a deal done with Cousins, who was franchised for the second consecutive year. It's the NFL Way, but Cousins wisely said no way, Jose.
The bad news for the Redskins is that Cousins has them over a barrel.
With Cousins likely to hit the open market in 2018, the San Francisco 49ers become a team to watch over the course of the next year. But I don't see that happening because Washington got better at wideout with the addition of Terrelle Pryor.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins said a long-term deal was "closer than people would think", but that he wasn't rushing into accepting the team's proposal or to counter. In 2015, Cousins threw 29 touchdowns while completing almost 70-percent of his passes.
"It was really a tough decision for me", he said.
"While there was a deadline this summer, the real time to make a decision for next year is next year", he said.
The 61-year-old Zimmer has been medically cleared to resume air travel and will fly back to Minnesota this week to get ready for training camp, a person with direct knowledge told Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press.