Kirk Cousins is likely to get placed with the franchise tag by the Washington Redskins this offseason. That doesn’t necessarily mean he will play for the Skins in 2017. Washington has until 4 p.m. tomorrow to make a decision. If the team does tag Cousins, they could work out a trade with the 49ers. John Keim from ESPN had more on this developing story.
“The source told ESPN that Cousins would not sign a long-term deal if he were traded anywhere else — right now. Much of that is based on a desire to be in San Francisco and a lack of familiarity with other teams. Cousins is a stickler for routine and familiarity. He would not block a deal to another team, but any team that were to trade for him would have to do a lot of convincing in order to get him to sign a long-term contract.
Cousins’ current stance could limit the market for Washington, but it’s not impossible that Cousins would eventually agree to be traded to a team other than the 49ers. If the 49ers don’t make a contract offer to Cousins’ liking and decide to pursue another quarterback, Cousins would have no choice but to accept a trade to another team or stay in Washington for at least one more year.”
The Shanahan regime led by Kyle Shanahan’s father, Mike were the ones that drafted him in Washington. It comes that no surprise that Cousins has a ton of respect for Kyle Shanahan, the new coach for the 49ers. If the Redskins retain Kirk Cousins on the franchise tag, they will play him $23.94 million under the tag for the 2017 season.