But Washington will consider placing a franchise tag on the quarterback, according to ESPN, so the team can deal him and try to regain some of the compensation it is sending to Kansas City for Alex Smith.
If Washington elected to pull the franchise tag to get Cousins' contract off its salary cap, the team would forfeit the right to recoup a 2019 compensatory draft pick that it would receive if the quarterback were able to leave right away as a free agent. However, nothing will be too important until the actual free agency period gets rolling in March. To acquire Smith from Kansas City, Washington had to give up cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick, so they're hoping to at least get some assets back in exchange for Cousins.
Cousins does have some control and he could force Washington into an uncomfortable situation if they place the franchise tag on him.
Until Cousins signs the tag, Washington would be on the hook for the amount of his tag, which, because he was tagged a year ago, would be approximately $34.5 million, or 120 percent of his 2017 salary.
Some may not realize this, especially in a day and age where teams agree to deals verbally long before they're official and fans find out about them on social media, but the 2018 National Football League free agency period won't be underway for a little while longer.
And, there's no guarantee Cousins would agree to a long-term extension if he's dealt to a team he might not have signed with otherwise as an independent free agent. If they end up doing so, the first day to franchise players is February 20th.
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The Redskins, though, would be eligible for some compensation for Cousins in free agency. "But I would actually sign Kirk Cousins and then I would use the first and fourth pick on the best players available".
Washington sent a third-round draft pick to the Chiefs in that deal. Once that date passes, as it did for Cousins and the Redskins the last two years, players are stuck on a one-year deal.
A report surfaced on Sunday that the Washington Redskins are still considering placing the franchise tag on their once considered franchise QB. He has not missed a game in any of the past three seasons.