Red­skins, Cousins ar­rive at dead­line

Talks to stop un­til sea­son ends if deal isn’t reached

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS - BY MICHAEL PHILLIPS mphillips@timesdis­ (804) 649-6546 @michaelpRTD

The Washington Red­skins and Kirk Cousins will com­plete their con­tract dance Mon­day, though de­pend­ing on the re­sults, the mu­sic may start again in less than six months.

The NFL’s dead­line for fran­chise-tag play­ers to agree to long-term con­tracts is at 4 p.m. Mon­day. If the two sides haven’t reached a deal by then, Cousins will be locked into his one-year, $24 mil­lion fran­chise­tag con­tract.

Once the dead­line has passed, no ne­go­ti­at­ing may take place between the sides be­fore the Red­skins’ sea­son ends.

Both sides have kept the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion open, though sources close to the ne­go­ti­a­tion have re­mained pes­simistic that a deal can be struck with­out a ma­jor in­crease in guar­an­teed money from the Red­skins.

Last year, Cousins’ first with the fran­chise tag, the dead­line came and went with­out much in the way of se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­at­ing.

The Red­skins have op­tions to keep Cousins un­der fran­chise con­trol next sea­son as well.

They could give Cousins the tran­si­tion tag for 2018, which would al­low them the op­por­tu­nity to match any con­tract Cousins signs on the mar­ket.

Within the tran­si­tion tag is a player op­tion to sign a one-year deal for a 20 per­cent raise with his orig­i­nal team. In this case, that would give Cousins a $28.8 mil­lion salary in 2018, which would be the high­est one-year salary in NFL his­tory.


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