Redskins QB Kirk Cousins Signs Tender Contract

It’s official: Kirk Cousins has signed his one-year franchise tender. We heard on Thursday that Cousins would sign on the dotted line, even though he is ostensibly frustrated with the chaos going down in Washington right now.

Kirk CousinsCousins personally appealed to Dan Snyder for a trade this week, but he was rebuffed by the polarizing owner. Cousins stopped short of a trade demand, however, and has accepted the fact that he probably isn’t going anywhere. The signing of the one-year tender does not hinder the Redskins from trading Cousins, but Washington has so far shown no willingness to move the QB. Meanwhile, top potential suitors like the Niners and the Browns seem to have other plans for the quarterback position.

The Redskins and Cousins now have until July 15 to hammer out a long-term extension. If a deal is not completed, he’ll earn nearly $24MM for the 2017 season before – again – being scheduled for free agency.

2016 was another solid campaign for Cousins, who completed 67-percent of his passes for 4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. This performance led to the 28-year-old making his first Pro Bowl.

For team’s seeking a starting quarterback, Cousins would surely be a more attractive option than the best remaining free agents. Based on our rankings, Nick Foles is currently the best available quarterbacks.

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6 comments on “Redskins QB Kirk Cousins Signs Tender Contract

  1. nickbolts

    Trade him now!! Bring in a haul of draft picks and rebuild!

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    • gimmedrugs

      The niners aren’t going to send more than a third round pick because they can get him next year for nothing and he won’t facilitate a trade to the browns so…

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    • sals029

      I agree, trade him now and get what you can, but I wouldn’t expect a haul of picks.

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  2. Deesy

    I can certainly understand why Kirk would consider moving to the 49’rs.
    After all they have a coach that he likes and they have had a good relationship. Then, of course, they now have his favorite receiver on board.

    Unless he’s given a deal he can’t refuse (and some very good receivers), I would encourage him to move on. I love the guy and don’t want him to leave, but given how much invested in RGIII I believe it’s a slap in the face. He’s demonstrated more in 2 years than RGIII has ever done and looking at a comparison of QB’S he ranks better than most and deserves to get rewarded with a top of the line salary. I hope that if he does move on to the 49’rs I believe that the Redskins will show that they’d rather invest in “busts” than “booms”.
    Don’t believe 3 first rounders would would equal Kirk’s value.

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  3. CaptainKirk55

    I suggest Washington let’s the 2018 season play out and let Kirk Cousins go in free agency. Then set their sights on a QB in the draft.

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