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Kirk Cousins: May receive franchise tag again

Kirk Cousins: May receive franchise tag again

Kirk Cousins: May receive franchise tag again

Ultimately, it seems unlikely a tag-and-trade scenario will actually take place, but it is at least something Washington is considering, for what that is worth. If they end up doing so, the first day to franchise players is February 20th. Placing the tag on Cousins would prohibit him from becoming a true free agent, removing his ability to choose who he plays for next.

Cousins is on the way out of Washington following Tuesday's trade for Alex Smith.

The Redskins, once the deal for Smith can be made official, will surrender cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 third-round pick to the Chiefs.

For the previous year, speculation has abounded about whether or not Washington would keep Cousins, who will be a free agent this offseason. Now, the Redskins may place the franchise tag on Cousins in order to send him elsewhere, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Well, there are a few potential hangups here for Washington.

Of course, if the Redskins do slap the tag on Cousins again and he obliges, the Smith trade could go up in smoke. And the moment he does that, his $34.478 million salary for 2018 would become fully guaranteed.

Cousins could also delay signing the tag for months, meaning the quarterback could tie up the Redskins' cap space in free agency. The Jets, they have enough cap space.

There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding Smith's long-term standing with the Chiefs after the team traded up to draft rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes No. 10 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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In a shocking move Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs sent quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, a move that blows the minds of many across the National Football League and sends Redskins QB Kirk Cousins into free agency.

If the Redskins tag Cousins, they would be offering him a one-year, $34.5 million contract.

Cousins has been open about his desire in testing free agency, and he's closer to it now than ever before.

From Cousins' perspective, he perhaps would not want to turn this into a drawn-out process, because that might mean missing spring practices (which are valuable for an incoming quarterback) with his new team. He then signs the transition tag tender and the two teams complete the trade.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer agrees, saying a "prime location" for Cousins awaits in the Vikings.

Meanwhile, if the Jets land Cousins, former Browns quarterback Josh McCown could become available, and would fit the role of a bridge quarterback to start games and mentor a rookie, possibly Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen. Could the Jets be in the mix? Other teams that when he comes in, they're going to make an immediate impact. Washington is 44th in Round 2. He's given everything to the franchise the last two years.

The Browns offered a second-round pick for Smith, which is a good offer. 33, 35, and 63 in Round 2. Schefter cited league sources in his reporting.

Which is where the Cleveland Browns could conceivably enter the picture.

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