With Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins scheduled to become a free agent this coming offseason, the Skins will have to open their check books and pay him order to make sure he doesn’t leave.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network is reporting that the Redskins are expected to pay Cousins like a franchise quarterback.
Per sources, the Redskins intend to execute a blockbuster deal with their new franchise quarterback before the deadline to tag players in early March, but are fully prepared to franchise Cousins if they can’t beat the clock. As one source explained it, “He’s not getting out of the building.”
It’s worth looking at the 2014 extension received by Andy Dalton (Jay Gruden’s QB in Cincinnati), which has a base value of $96 million over six years, $19 million in additional upside and is structured in a year-to-year manner.
The smart move for Washington would be to use the franchise tag on Cousins in order to prove in 2016 that this season hasn’t been a fluke.
The last thing they want to do is give Cousins $20 million a year and he turns out to be nothing more than a good back up quarterback that got lucky in 2015.