Redskins, Cousins arrive at deadline
Talks to stop until season ends if deal isn’t reached
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.