Kirk Cousins tweets Tag! I’m it! on Twitter
By Donny Starr
Washington Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins will remain in burgundy and gold after all. He sounds pretty happy about that.
With the exclusive rights franchise now in place, that gives Kirk Cousins pretty good pay jump, according to Rotoworld:
"The exclusive tag guarantees Cousins a 20-percent raise on his 2016 salary of $19.953 million and prohibits other teams from negotiating with him. He’s now scheduled to make $23.94 million in 2017."
Cousins didn’t sound too sour about not having a long-term deal in place. It would appear he’s ok with what has transpired. Sounding off on Twitter, Cousins only had this to say:
And with that one tweet, the Redskins nation breathed a sigh of relief. Meanwhile Chris Baker had this to say about his quarterback:
Cousins soared above expectations last season. With a 97.2 rating, he threw for 4,912 yards and had 25 touchdowns. According to ESPN’s John Kleim, the Cousins tag makes sense because he would have turned down other offers equating the tag’s price.
"“Over the last few weeks the threshold for guaranteed money was the equivalent of two more tags because you new the tag was an inevitability this year…If Washington offered Kirk Cousins say forty-five million dollars guaranteed leading up to today’s decision, he’d say no way…”"
Now comes the business of getting the defense on track letting the smoke clear on the wide receiver situation, because it’s a situation. ESPN also reported Cousins is the first quarterback in NFL history to receive the franchise tag in back-to-back seasons. While exclusive, it’s uncertain what kind of long-term deal will develop now with this second tag. Should he have another successful season (which I’m sure he will…), the Redskins may have just increased their own payout without having to worry about competing teams trying to take him. But hey, they did this to themselves.
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