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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
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Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said contract negotiations with franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins have been "positive."
McCloughan added the team "would love" to get a long-term deal done prior to the July 15 deadline. While that is certainly true, McCloughan made it sound like he was comfortable with Cousins playing out the year under the tag in an interview earlier this month. These deals usually get done close to or on deadline day, so it is unlikely there is much movement in negotiations until July. Apr 26 - 11:14 AM

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Speaking in an interview with Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, Redskins GM Scot McCloughan hinted he'll let Kirk Cousins play out 2016 under the franchise tag.

"Let me overpay him if he’s good," McCloughan said. "If you have a productive guy, it helps everything, and it proves out." The sides were miles apart in long-term talks before Cousins was tagged. There haven't been any reports of progress since the start of free agency. The sides have until July 15 to reach a multi-year deal.
Apr 12 - 3:50 PM

The Redskins expect to resume long-term talks with Kirk Cousins after free agency dies down.

"I’m sure his agent will engage us again in talks," were the words of team president Bruce Allen. Allen is putting the onus on Cousins, but the ball is in the team's court. Cousins appears content to play out 2016 under his $19.953 million franchise tender, with an eye toward an even bigger payday next offseason. The sides have until July 15 to reach an accord.
Mar 11 - 1:25 PM

Profootballtalk reports Kirk Cousins will be a full participant in the Redskins' offseason program.

This became evident after Cousins immediately signed his $19.953 million franchise tender. By doing so, he could no longer hold out in search of a long-term deal without getting fined. Per a league source, Cousins "knows he needs the reps, and he knows he needs the development." Cousins is going all in on 2016 in an effort to make sure his franchise windfall isn't his final windfall.
Mar 4 - 12:07 AM

Redskins signed franchise player QB Kirk Cousins to a one-year, $19.953 million contract.

The deadline for NFL teams to sign franchise players to long-term deals is July 15. Cousins wasted no time before inking his one-year tender, signing it one day after the tag was applied. His nearly $20 million base salary is now fully guaranteed. The Redskins have been unclear as to whether they intend to commit big, long-term money to Cousins, who led the NFL in completion rate (69.8 percent) last season but from a skills standpoint is essentially a poor man's Andy Dalton. Savvy Redskins GM Scot McCloughan may ultimately prefer to view 2016 as Cousins' "prove-it" year before diving into any long-term arrangements.
Mar 2 - 7:58 PM

Redskins assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to QB Kirk Cousins.

According to the Washington Post's Mike Jones, it's "what Cousins' camp wanted." Profootballtalk's Mike Florio expects Cousins to sign the tag "immediately." The one-year tender locks Cousins into $19.953 million for 2016, and gives the sides over four months to hammer out a long-term deal. The "non-exclusive" nature of the tag means Cousins can negotiate with other teams, but the Redskins have the right to match any offer. Were Cousins to sign elsewhere and the Redskins decided not to match, they would receive two first-round picks as compensation. Even in a quarterback-starved league, it's not going to happen.
Mar 1 - 1:07 PM

The Washington Post's Mike Jones reports the Redskins will continue to discuss a long-term deal with impending free agent Kirk Cousins through Tuesday's deadline to use the franchise tag.

ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported the Redskins will use either the franchise or transition tag on Cousins, and Jones agrees that is the "most likely" outcome. Cousins would earn a fully-guaranteed $19.953 million under the terms of the franchise tag or $17.696 million on the transition tag. Every cent of both salaries would count on the 2016 cap. The Redskins would prefer the cap flexibility which comes with a long-term deal, but that does not appear likely at this point.
Feb 29 - 9:08 AM

FOXSports' Mike Garafolo reports the Redskins offered Kirk Cousins $15 million annually.

The offer suggests Washington views Cousins as a midrange starter, placing him behind Alex Smith's $17 million AAV but ahead of Nick Foles ($12.5M). Cousins can make $19.95M under the franchise tag and bet on himself if the Redskins don't meet his asking price. The sides aren't expected to reach a deal before Tuesday's deadline.
Feb 27 - 6:05 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Redskins are keeping "all options open" with Kirk Cousins.

The Redskins have not ruled out trading him, according to Rapoport. This contradicts an earlier report from ESPN's Adam Schefter that said Washington was planning to use the franchise or transition tag on Cousins. The deadline for the franchise tag is Tuesday so we should have a resolution by then. It's hard to imagine Cousins leaving Washington after his breakout year in 2015.
Feb 26 - 3:16 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Redskins will place either the franchise tag or transition tag on free agent Kirk Cousins.

The franchise tag would essentially be a one-year, $19.7 million deal while the transition tag would allow the Redskins to match any offer Cousins receives on the open market. Franchising Cousins is more expensive but carries less risk. The deadline for the franchise tag is March 1.
Feb 26 - 1:53 PM

"People familiar with his thinking" tell the Washington Post free agent Kirk Cousins won't protest if franchise tagged.

That's good news, as the franchise tag is an inevitability in Cousins' case. The question is whether the sides can hammer out a long-term deal before the mid-July deadline.
Feb 25 - 4:05 PM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said impending free agent Kirk Cousins wants to stay in Washington.

"I had a good conversation with [Cousins] last week in my office," McCloughan said. "He's a quality guy. He wants to be a Redskin and knows the players. He knows he's respected. The coaching staff respects him, and he respects them. That's very important in this business." McCloughan again said he would prefer a long-term deal to the franchise tag, but that appears unlikely at this point. Cousins will almost certainly be tagged prior to the March 1 deadline.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 9:06 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there "will be no long-term deal now nor anytime soon" coming from the Redskins for free agent Kirk Cousins.

Schefter continues to be adamant that the two sides are no longer discussing a long-term contract. However, the team and Cousins remain friendly, and there's no contentiousness between the two parties. At this stage, it appears the Redskins will be happy to use the franchise tag on Cousins after his breakout 2015 season and make him prove it again on a one-year deal.
Feb 17 - 11:33 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Redskins and free agent Kirk Cousins remain in long-term contract negotiations.

A report earlier Tuesday said that the two sides had broken off talks, and "no further talks" were scheduled to take place. With free agency still over three weeks away, it'd be pretty hard to believe the two sides simply are going to ignore each other. The window to use the franchise tag opened on Tuesday and will be open for two weeks. If a long-term deal can't be agreed upon, Washington will almost certainly slap Cousins with the one-year tag.
Feb 16 - 9:27 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Redskins and free agent QB Kirk Cousins have broken off contract talks, and "no further talks are scheduled."

This is almost certainly just a negotiating ploy, likely from the Redskins. Free agency doesn't open until March 9, giving the sides 23 more days to talk. It's not unusual for talks to stop and start, especially with a unique case like Cousins. Cousins plays the game's most important position, but has a relatively thin résumé. It would be surprising if Cousins isn't back with the Redskins in 2016, either via a long-term deal or the franchise tag.
Feb 16 - 2:03 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Nate Sudfeld
RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3Keith Marshall
4Mack Brown
GLB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Jamison Crowder
3Andre Roberts
WR21Josh Doctson
2Pierre Garcon
3Ryan Grant
4Rashad Ross
WR31Pierre Garcon
TE1Jordan Reed
2Niles Paul
3Vernon Davis
4Logan Paulsen
5Derek Carrier
LT1Trent Williams
2Takoby Cofield
3Cody Booth
LG1Spencer Long
2Shawn Lauvao
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
2Josh LeRibeus
3Austin Reiter
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Arie Kouandjio
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
K1Dustin Hopkins