Washington could place franchise tag on Kirk Cousins to trade him

The team has a deadline of March 6 to use the tag on Cousins for a third consecutive year.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer agrees, saying a "prime location" for Cousins awaits in the Vikings.

Washington stunned many when on Tuesday it traded away cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick to the Chiefs for Smith, who the team plans to give a four-year extension that will reportedly have an average pay of $23.5 million annually.

Cleveland Browns rumors will continue to heat up as the National Football League combine and free agency approach, but as for how the team missed on Alex Smith-it never really had a chance.

The Redskins can't trade Cousins either if he does not sign under the tag. Detroit's Matthew Stafford is now the league's highest-paid quarterback after signing a 5-year, $135 million contract last offseason. So they have a good team, they have a good quarterback, a guy that can move the chains keep everything going. But in order for Washington to trade Cousins, he would first have to sign the franchise tag tender.

Cousins-to-Cleveland to solve the Browns QB quagmire has been a popular rumor, but the Browns latest front office move throws considerable doubt on that possibility. "So does opportunity. If you're a quarterback and you're dying to be a starting quarterback, I'd go play in Alaska if that were the case".

Teams can begin designating players for the franchise tag February 20. It looks like I'm going to be a free agent on March 14. "I haven't had a chance to pick where I wanted to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State". Instead of signing that offer, he made $44 million the past two years playing under the tag. On the one hand, Cousins could have some say in where he would be traded as he could simply refuse to sign a long-term contract with a team he is not interested in playing for. Then we got to this year and I was ready to do something, but I also wanted to take my time and allow the process to work itself out and it put Washington in a tough spot. The Redskins are still angry that for the last two years, Cousins rejected their long-term offers - which were not very good - and they had to franchise tag him.

During his interviews on Radio Row on Monday, Cousins repeated much of what he said at his end-of-season event with 106.7 The Fan last month about winning being more important than money and the ball being in the Redskins' court. After watching Nathan Peterman's debut, it's hard to believe they can go into the season with the former Pitt product one play away from being their QB1.

If the Redskins placed the tag on Cousins it would mean that they are on the hook or $34 million. Other teams that when he comes in, they're going to make an immediate impact.

  • Rosalie Stanley