Redskins will consider tagging Kirk Cousins again

Redskins will consider tagging Kirk Cousins again

Redskins will consider tagging Kirk Cousins again

The Washington Redskins are considering placing their franchise tag on Kirk Cousins in a bid to trade him and recoup some of the money they are sending to the Kansas City Chiefs for fellow quarterback Alex Smith, ESPN reported Sunday.

Schefter's sources said Washington is considering franchise-tagging Cousins, thus attempting to receive compensation for losing a starting-caliber quarterback.

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.

When the Washington Redskins traded for quarterback Alex Smith, most assumed Kirk Cousins would become the rarest of National Football League commodities - a top quarterback who was a true free agent in his prime.

The Redskins made the biggest move of the 2018 National Football League season so far, reportedly agreeing to a trade for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

For some teams, the idea of not having to commit to Cousins long-term could be appealing.

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Would a team give up more than that in this year's draft and pay Cousins?

"It was a surprise", Cousins said this week of Tuesday's trade. Cousins could also undo pending trades by telling suitors he will not sign a long-term extension, lessening the desire of any interested team to part with draft picks or other players via trade.

Those concerns could scare Washington away from franchise-tagging Cousins. That would significantly reduce what the Redskins could get for him from that team. Much like the transition tag, the Washington Redskins would have seven days to match a signed offer sheet.

His performance earned the praises of Broncos players, many of whom believe general manager John Elway will try to acquire a veteran this offseason to turn around their two-year quarterbacking slump.

The Pro Bowler still has to agree to the terms as the Redskins wouldn't be able to trade Cousins until he signs the franchise tag if that's the route the team decides to take, and it could potentially delay the process for months. The thinking: Instead of letting Cousins walk for nothing more than a compensatory pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Washington can get much more than that for what many team's consider a legit franchise quarterback.

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