But if things got hard with Cousins, could Washington rescind the franchise tag and just let him hit free agency?
For the a year ago, speculation has abounded about whether or not Washington would keep Cousins, who will be a free agent this offseason.
Banner considers a tag-and-trade scenario "highly unlikely, but not impossible" here, because "the risk of getting stuck is far too high", if the deal falls apart, since Washington would be on the hook for Cousins' enormous 2018 salary the moment he signs the tag's tender.
Tagging Cousins would prevent him from signing where he pleases once the new NFL league year begins on March 14th, because he wouldn't become a true unrestricted free agent.
But what about a possible tag-and-trade situation in which Washington could get more than a 2019 compensatory third-rounder for Cousins? After everything that the team has put him through the past few seasons, Cousins, knowing that he will get paid eventually could decide to stick it to the Redskins by sitting on the deal for a couple of months, which would put a $34.5 million grip on Washington's salary cap.
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Some may not realize this, especially in a day and age where teams agree to deals verbally long before they're official and fans find out about them on social media, but the 2018 National Football League free agency period won't be underway for a little while longer.
Although all signs point to Smith taking over as the starter for the Redskins, that might not stop the team from placing the franchise tag on Cousins for the third consecutive year, according to Schefter. For Kansas City, Andy Reid and the front office are ready to hand the keys of the offense over to Patrick Mahomes, a player who KC spent a first round pick on in last year's draft. Teams can begin designating franchise players on February 20.
Kirk Cousins might not be cleared to check out of Washington just yet.
"At the end of the day, I want to win", he told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday. Every player looks forward to free agency. "I haven't had a chance to pick where I wanted to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State".
Cousins, 29, threw for 4,093 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season for the Redskins. I'm fully aware he hasn't had much of a running game and his weaponry dropped off this season. That gives the team an opportunity to draft a playmaker or two on offense to help Cousins. Cousins works out a deal with another team.