Cousins on tag again

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/NFL -

Kirk Cousins will be the first quar­ter­back in NFL his­tory to play con­sec­u­tive sea­sons on the fran­chise tag.

Cousins and the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins didn’t sign a long-term deal by the dead­line Mon­day. He will make $23.94 mil­lion on the fran­chise tag in 2017 af­ter earn­ing $19.95 mil­lion last year.

Team pres­i­dent Bruce Allen said in a pre­pared state­ment that the Red­skins’ goal was to sign Cousins to a long-term con­tract and of­fered him $53 mil­lion guar­an­teed or $72 mil­lion in the event of in­jury. That would have been the sec­ond-most fully guar­an­teed money given to a QB be­hind Aaron Rodgers’ $54 mil­lion.

“De­spite our re­peated at­tempts, we have not re­ceived any of­fer from Kirk’s agent this year,” Allen said. “Kirk has made it clear that he prefers to play on a year-to-year ba­sis. While we would have liked to work out a long-term con­tract be­fore this sea­son, we ac­cept his de­ci­sion.”

Cousins’ agent, Mike McCart­ney, de­clined an in­ter­view re­quest made be­fore Allen is­sued his state­ment. Allen said the team’s of­fer was made May 2 and that he met with Cousins face to face over the week­end.

The for­mer Michi­gan State star is go­ing into his third full sea­son as Wash­ing­ton’s starter. Cousins, 28, set fran­chise records with 4,166 and 4,917 yards the past two sea­sons, but has yet to win a play­off game.

In 46 games, in­clud­ing 41 starts, Cousins has com­pleted 65.6 per­cent of his passes for 12,113 yards, 72 touch­downs and 42 in­ter­cep­tions.

Cousins and ex­ec­u­tives called ne­go­ti­a­tions pos­i­tive, and they may go through this again next spring. If Wash­ing­ton uses the fran­chise tag again for 2018, Cousins would get a 44 per­cent raise to $34.47 mil­lion, or they could use the tran­si­tion tag on him at a cost of $28.78 mil­lion.

AP/NICK WASS

Wash­ing­ton quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins is go­ing to play un­der the Red­skins’ fran­chise tag for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son af­ter not sign­ing a long-term deal with the team by Mon­day’s dead­line.

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