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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah "would not be shocked at all" if the Redskins and 49ers agree to a trade involving Kirk Cousins at the Combine.
Jeremiah isn't a typical Rotoworld source on the NFL side, but with draft season upon us, he has an ear to the ground and talks with numerous personnel people. He believes there's a "better than 50 percent" chance Cousins isn't a 2017 Redskin, and a deal sending Cousins to San Francisco, possibly along with the Redskins' No. 17 overall pick, in exchange for the 49ers' No. 2 overall pick is in the cards. Further, Jeremiah reports the Redskins still aren't sold on Cousins long-term. Washington seems intent on bungling an offense that had become one of the best in the league. Cousins would be a massive get for the rebuilding Niners. Feb 22 - 12:11 PM

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Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports Kirk Cousins will not sign a long-term deal prior to the March 1 deadline for the Redskins to apply the franchise tag.

With a third tag not a functional option, Cousins has all the leverage in the negotiations over a long-term deal, and it looks like he is going to use it. Once the Redskins apply the tag, which they almost certainly will, Cousins can ask for at the very least the value of the tag ($23.94 million) paid out in 2017 and a raise on that total guaranteed in 2018. If Washington balks at that price, Cousins can play out another one-year tender and test the open market next spring, which reports suggest is his preferred option anyway. It is far from a given the Redskins lock up Cousins to a long-term deal.
Feb 20 - 10:17 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes the Rams could be a player for Kirk Cousins if things don't work out with Jared Goff in 2017.

The Redskins were once content to let the market determine Cousins' value, but the landscape has changed now that Cousins supporters Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan landed head-coaching jobs. Shanahan is already gunning for Cousins to join him in San Francisco, while Los Angeles could be a possibility next year if Goff falls flat again in 2017. With Cousins attracting interest elsewhere, the Redskins would be wise to lock him into a long-term deal as soon as possible.
Source: MMQB.com
Feb 19 - 10:32 AM

ESPN's Jason Reid reports "former Redskins officials who know Kirk Cousins" have said Cousins doesn't want to be in Washington and would prefer to be franchise-tagged rather than sign a long-term deal.

The sides have made what sounds like zero progress on a long-term deal, and Cousins may be fed up with the way Washington handled negotiations the past two years. The front office clearly didn't believe in Cousins last year, making him prove himself again on a one-year tag, and Cousins answered the bell with a big season. It's fair to wonder if the "former Redskins officials" Reid is referring to is someone from the old Shanahan regime, as then-OC Kyle Shanahan literally "stood on a table" for Cousins when they drafted him. Now the head coach in quarterback-less San Francisco, Shanahan remains enamored with Cousins, who has made it known the feeling is mutual. If Cousins is able to force his way out of D.C., a reunion in Santa Clara would be a good bet.
Feb 17 - 11:49 AM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins have yet to make progress in long-term talks with free agent Kirk Cousins.

That's via "people familiar with the situation." Per reporter Mike Jones, the Redskins are also likely to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, allowing him to negotiate with other teams. Cousins has been strongly linked to ex-Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, but the bombed-out Niners would have to surrender two first-round picks.
Feb 14 - 4:06 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports "multiple people who know" new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan believe he will "be tempted" by free agent Kirk Cousins.

Shanahan has been linked to his ex-quarterback early and often, but Cousins' impending franchise tag will make a reunion extremely unlikely, if not impossible. Shanahan can only pursue Cousins if he's slapped with the non-exclusive tag, and even then he would cost two first-round picks if the Redskins decided to let Cousins walk. Cousins would be a quick fix for San Francisco's quarterback crater, but it just isn't realistic.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 3:56 PM

According to ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim, there's a "good chance" free agent Kirk Cousins will command a pricier contract than Andrew Luck.

Luck signed the largest contract in NFL history last offseason, landing $140 million over six years with $87 million guaranteed. Cousins has a real chance to top that if he and the Redskins reach a long-term deal. With salary caps on the rise, Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, and Matthew Stafford are all looking at enormous forthcoming pay days. It's a good time to be an NFL franchise quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 11 - 9:59 AM

The Washington Post considers the franchise tag a "high likelihood" for free agent Kirk Cousins.

Per reporter Mike Jones, there are "no indications that the sides are venturing closer in negotiations." Jones reports there remain "differing opinions" inside the organization regarding Cousins' "ceiling and worth." Jones also says Cousins remains "salty" about his handling by the team. Tagging Cousins a second straight year would cost $23.94 million, and essentially let Cousins call his shot in 2018. A third franchise tag would be far too expensive.
Feb 9 - 5:08 PM

Redskins president Bruce Allen said he is "sure" the team and impending free agent Kirk Cousins will "come to an agreement."

"I don’t think it’s as complicated as everyone wants to make it," Allen said. Allen has been adamant Cousins is not going anywhere, and he has said the goal is a "long-term" contract. Reaching that goal will require a massive financial commitment, but it sounds like Washington is willing to make the deal.
Feb 4 - 9:57 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the 49ers remain "very high" on free agent Kirk Cousins, but that the Redskins are ready to use the franchise tag and engage in "lucrative" long-term talks.

La Canfora reports the Bears have also done "significant work" on Cousins, but both teams ultimately consider it unlikely he gets out of Washington. Teams are right to be interested in Cousins, but they're also right that it's a fantasy.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 2 - 3:42 PM

Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, free agent Kirk Cousins said "it's good to be wanted" when asked about the 49ers' reported interest.

"So hopefully down the road there will be people wanting me," Cousins said. "But we’ll see how it all plays out. The unique thing about the franchise tag is if the Redskins choose to place that on me, then I’m pretty much off the market." None of it is inflammatory, but speaks to Cousins being a realist about his situation. He's not going to be handing out any hometown discounts in long-term talks.
Feb 2 - 3:01 PM

Speaking Thursday, free agent Kirk Cousins said he would be willing to play under the franchise tag for the second consecutive year in 2017.

In other words, Cousins will take $23.94 million if you give it to him. "We will cross that bridge when we come to it, but I would probably do what I did last year," Cousins said at the Pro Bowl. "I will sign it and play with it. I'm not afraid." Cousins would obviously prefer a long-term deal, but the tag would be far from a catastrophic scenario, as it would simply make him much richer while merely delaying an inevitable monster payday. It's in the Redskins' interest to get a deal done this year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 26 - 2:04 PM

Redskins president Bruce Allen said the "goal" is a "long-term" deal with impending free agent Kirk Cousins.

Allen added the team will open negotiations "shortly." Allen previously said the odds of Cousins staying in Washington were 10 out of 10, suggesting the Redskins will tag him if no deal is reached before the March 1 franchise deadline. Despite speculation the 49ers would make a run, it looks like Cousins will be back in D.C.
Jan 26 - 10:54 AM

Impending free agent Kirk Cousins was noncommittal when asked about re-signing with the Redskins.

"I don't know," said Cousins. "I think you have to have an open mind, but ultimately it's not in my hands in the sense that the team is going to make that decision and I'll react accordingly." This comes about 24 hours after coach Jay Gruden and team president Bruce Allen both said they fully expected Cousins to re-up with Washington. Cousins will go where the money is, but it sounds like the Redskins will do whatever it takes to keep him. They can also assign him another franchise tag if a long-term deal isn't reached.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 4:34 PM

Redskins team president Bruce Allen was adamant on Tuesday that free agent Kirk Cousins isn't going anywhere.

Allen said that on a 1-10 scale -- 10 being the highest -- the odds of Cousins staying in Washington were a 10. "Yeah. Kirk is our quarterback," Allen said. "He's played well the last two years. I know there's other speculation, but it doesn't come from the Redskins." The "speculation" is that the 49ers might make a run at Cousins whenever Kyle Shanahan is named their head coach. Shanahan coached Cousins in D.C., and San Francisco needs a quarterback. Unfortunately for them, it doesn't sound like Cousins is getting out of Washington.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 24 - 8:49 PM

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