Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Kawakami: 49ers are playing the 2018 waiting game for Kirk Cousins

Kawakami: 49ers are playing the 2018 waiting game for Kirk Cousins

Don't expect Kirk Cousins to have a long-term contract signed with the Redskins by the NFL's franchise deadline at 4 p.m. ET Monday.

Cousins is now scheduled to make $23.9 million in 2017 under the franchise tag, per Spotrac, but could then hit free agency after the season.

This means that Cousins will play under the franchise tag for the second year in a row and will make over $23.9 million during the 2017 season, according to Spotrac. During the period that Cousins is under the franchise tag, the Redskins have exclusive negotiation rights. The 49ers could have a quarterback vacancy next season. He signed a two-year, $12-million deal this spring after spending the bulk of his eight-year career as a backup.

The deadline for teams to negotiate a long-term extension with a franchise-tagged player is Monday.

Former Redskins general manager Charlie Casserly believes by not signing a long term contract, Cousins remains in a position of power.

Jay Gruden talks with quarterback Kirk Cousins. If they can not, the negotiation window doesn't open again until after the coming season. The NFL's franchise tag rules make it extremely onerous for teams to use the tag on the same player multiple times, so Cousins stands to make an exorbitant guaranteed salary if Washington attempts to use it again in 2018.

Washington also could transition him for $28,732,320 million, but another team would have the ability to sign him to an offer sheet that Washington would then have seven days to match.

At this point, we have to chalk this up to the NFL being a league of lies. This may sound like a broken record for Redskins fans, but at least Cousins is stating that he wants to explore free agency.

And 2018 begins with the QB the 49ers wanted all along.

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