Washington Redskins: Tagging Kirk Cousins is a bad Idea


Cousins, likely to be on his way out of Washington this offseason after the Redskins acquired Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, starred in a local Washington D.C.ad for Cyprus Air Heating, Cooling and Fireplaces with a President Donald Trump impersonator. However, I am not a fan of this move at all.

More importantly, Cousins could simply refuse to sign the franchise tag. Washington now has $49.666 million in cap space, according to overthecap.com's estimate. "I would enjoy gathering the information and talking with him and learning more about Denver along with the other teams that are out there".

Kirk Cousins could make life hard for the Redskins if they tagged him. The Redskins would also have more control over where Cousins ends up.

By rule, teams that sign a franchise-tagged player must give up two first-round draft picks, though that can be negotiated - in 2009, the Patriots tagged Matt Cassel and sent both Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs for a second-round pick, signing Cassel to a new contract. For the other 30 teams in the National Football League, the offseason is here and the rumor mill is churning.

The transition tag is much like the non-exclusive franchise tag.

"The team's gotta do what's best for them", Cousins told TMZ Sports on Thursday at the EA Sports Madden Bowl. If he chose to sign the offer sheet from said team, then the Redskins would then have seven days to match.

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While the Browns might turn things around in a hurry with the right quarterback as the 49ers did last season when they traded for Jimmy Garoppolo, they'll be hard-pressed to go from 0-16 to the playoffs.

There could be an alternate scenario with this tag. Cousins works out a deal with another team.

Before Tuesday's news, Cousins said he felt "there was a good chance" he would be back in Washington. Schefter reports that instead of just taking the 2019 compensatory pick they would get if Cousins left in free agency, the Redskins might try to flip the Pro Bowler for a 2018 pick. He tweeted the tag was "negotiated into CBA for teams to have "intent" to sign players long term".

They do not need a chunk out of the old rear-end.

"Whatever you say, sir", Cousins replies.