Washington Redskins: Tagging Kirk Cousins is a bad Idea

NFL first 11 picks mock draft with the Kirk Cousins factor

NFL first 11 picks mock draft with the Kirk Cousins factor

The "tag and trade scenario" Washington is considering with Cousins would theoretically allow them to get some return, and offset what they will give up for Smith. Apparently, that might not happen.

The drama surrounding quarterback Kirk Cousins continues to grow, first Colin Cowherd claimed the Broncos were close to a deal with Cousins and then Adam Schefter reported the Redskins may franchise tag him. But the Washington Redskins don't like that idea.

There is some inherent risk with this move, though. Of course, there are ways Cousins could resist the move by waiting to sign the franchise tag or refusing to report to camp if he's traded somewhere he doesn't want to go.

If Cousins is tagged, his $34.5 million salary would count toward the Redskins' salary cap. Yes, but in that case, Washington would not get the 2019 third-round compensatory pick that it would receive if Cousins leaves in free agency in the traditional way.

The franchise tagging window goes from February 20 to March 6.

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For a team that needs some stability at quarterback, it also wouldn't hurt for the Jets to also considering using their No. 6 overall pick on a future franchise quarterback or even just trade the pick to acquire more picks to continue adding talent to the team.

"This only happens if Skins know 100 percent that they have a deal before putting tag on him", former National Football League executive Joe Banner tweeted. The Redskins retained Cousins with the franchise tag the past two offseasons.

So why would the Redskins still want to control Cousins' contract?

When a player is given the franchise tag, teams have until July 16 to negotiate a long-term deal. The team would also likely face legal battles from the NFL Players Association.

"You know, the trade is still agreed to in principle, so it's not set in stone until March 14", Cousins said. Meanwhile, the Redskins and other team work out a trade agreement. Cousins told USA Today he spoke to owner Dan Snyder and coach Jay Gruden, but not team president Bruce Allen. So maybe he wouldn't delay signing the tag's tender. He would be the top free agent on the market, with several motivated suitors, and could sign the richest contract in National Football League history. But the decision is a gamble - and one that could easily backfire.

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