ESPN's Schefter: Washington considers tagging QB Kirk Cousins

Posted February 06, 2018

Washington would not be able to trade Cousins until he signs the franchise tag if the team does take this approach, which means Cousins may refuse to sign unless he agrees to go where he could potentially get dealt.

The Redskins, once the deal for Smith can be made official, will surrender cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 third-round pick to the Chiefs. Cousins, who is expected to become a free agent, will have no shortage of suitors.

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At this point, there's no guarantee that the Redskins use the franchise tag on Cousins. McCloughan recently shared he "doesn't see special" when evaluating Cousins, perhaps an indication of the franchise's view of the former Michigan State quarterback.

Why is the franchise tag bad for the Washington Redskins? Cousins is set to finally hit the open market, rather than be franchised tagged a third time, but not so fast. Much like the transition tag, the Washington Redskins would have seven days to match a signed offer sheet.

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As former Eagles president and National Football League front office executive Joe Banner noted on Twitter, the only way a Cousins tag-and-trade happens is if Washington definitely knows it has a deal in place before placing the tag on Cousins. 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. He tweeted the tag was "negotiated into CBA for teams to have "intent" to sign players long term".

Under this scenario, the Redskins could potentially get more for Cousins than just the 2019 compensation draft pick they would receive if he were to leave as a free agent.

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McCown, who went 5-8 with the Jets last season with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions before breaking his hand, told Newsday that he'd be happy to play that role, something he did for two years in Cleveland. In addition to picking first and fourth overall, the Browns are at Nos. Schefter cited league sources in his reporting. But the Jets will get to $91.117 million in space by making three obvious cuts - defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, running back Matt Forte, and backup offensive tackle Ben Ijalana.