Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Ex-Spartans Cousins, Bell to play on franchise tag

Kirk Cousins: Needed more time to make long-term decision with team Ex-Spartans Cousins, Bell to play on franchise tag
Kristine Garrett | 20 July, 2017, 02:57

Because the Redskins and Cousins could not come to an agreement by the Monday deadline, they can't negotiate a long-term deal until after their season ends. Cousins had the franchise tag placed on him by the Redskins this offseason for the second straight year and the team doing it again in 2018 does not seem too likely.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins walks off of the field after the Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers. It would also mean him being guaranteed around $35 million for the 2018 season. The Browns let him go in March 2016 after just two seasons due to a multitude of incidents, overall boorish behavior and a lack of commitment to football.

But despite the lack of a deal or even a counter-offer from his side, Cousins said that "everything's trending in the right direction", and that with more time, a deal might have been reached this year. "I felt like I want to allow the next six months to give me more information about our organization so that I can make a more informed decision".

Cousins, who has a contract to appear exclusively on the radio station, said he considered presenting the team a counteroffer to its proposed contract, but decided against that. "Kirk has made it clear that he prefers to play on a year-to-year basis", Allen said.

After signing his $125 million deal this offseason, Derek Carr is now the league's highest-paid player. The University of Texas Police Department said officers initially responded to a call at 12:24 a.m. about marijuana smell coming from three cars parked outside a residence hall. The Panthers were 6-10 last season, a year after reaching Super Bowl 50, where they lost to Denver.

But Cousins said he doesn't fault Washington for how they handled the negotiations.

Last year, Cousins took a rare step for a quarterback: he played under the franchise tag. The team came up short of the playoffs by one game. There are reports - including a statement from the Redskins themselves - that the team offered a record-setting deal to the quarterback. When rumors of a Cousins trade were rampant in February, Cousins reportedly stipulated that the only spot he was willing to go in a trade was San Francisco. Coach Sean McVay was the Redskins' offensive coordinator the previous two years and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur was Cousins' first quarterbacks coach in Washington. So I want to allow time to help make this decision.

The deal claimed by the Skins is painted as a five-year extension, with $53 million guaranteed. His average salary would have been in the low $20-million range, one person with knowledge of the offer said, during years that could be considered his prime.

Washington can place the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins for another season. After restructuring his contract, the quarterback will once again get the chance to prove that he's the long-term answer in Buffalo.

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