Kirk Cousins likely to play 2017 under franchise tag

by Anthony Cervino | Redskins Correspondent | Mon, Jul 17th 8:05am EDT

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will likely play the 2017 season under the franchise tag, "which both sides are okay with." (NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact:

Barring a drastic turnaround leading up to Monday's 4 p.m. deadline for franchise tagged players to sign long-term deals with their respective clubs, it appears that Cousins is poised to play the 2017 season under the fully guaranteed one-year, $23.9 million tender after Washington's most recent offer "fell short." Per Pelissero, the Redskins "made their best offer in May," which was greater than the $20 million per year rate in their previous offer, but "less than" the $23.9 million franchise tag value on an average per-year basis, while only adding one fully guaranteed year in the five-year extension. If Cousins does indeed end up playing the upcoming season under the franchise tag, he'll likely test the open free agent market in the 2018 offseason. Although the Redskins can elect to tag him for a third time or once again pick up negotiations for a long-term deal, I'd fully expect the 28-year-old signal caller to land with the San Francisco 49ers when it's all said and done.

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