It appears that the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins will be doing the contract negotiation dance again next offseason.
The deadline for teams to negotiate a long-term extension with a franchise-tagged player is Monday. Cousins and the Redskins are not expected to come to an agreement by that deadline, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s source.
However, the franchise tag will reward Cousins handsomely. He is guaranteed $23.94 million for the 2017 season. That base salary is the highest of any player in the NFL, per Spotrac.com.
This makes him the first quarterback in NFL history to play under the franchise tag for two consecutive seasons, and a third consecutive season would cost Washington more than $30 million, via Schefter.
While Cousins has played well, at times he has been inconsistent. He threw 4 less touchdowns in 2016 than he did in 2015, and 1 more interception. Also, he has never thrown 30 touchdown passes in a season.
The 2017 season will be only his third as a full-time starter. For younger quarterbacks this is the year that teams want to see significant strides.
Washington needs to see much more than that from Cousins. They need to see a player clearly capable of leading the franchise for the foreseeable future.