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Kirk Cousins' 2018 $34.5M Franchise Tag Would Be 20 Percent Of NFL Cap

Jul 19, 2017 1:15 PM

The NFL's rising cap could make it financially feasible for Washington to use the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins again in 2018.

The cap is at $167 million for 2017 and could hit $180 million in 2018 based on how it has been rising each season.

The third year of the franchise tag for Cousins would be $34.47 million, which is less than 20 percent of the cap.

Cousins is playing the 2017 at the franchise-tag salary of $23.94 million, which is 14.3 percent of the cap.

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Washington Wanted Six-Year Deal With Kirk Cousins

Jul 18, 2017 9:41 AM

Kirk Cousins was offered a six-year contract from Washington with four of those seasons not guaranteed, according to a source.

The offer included more than $53 million guaranteed at signing, covering the $23.94 million franchise tag in 2017 and the $28.72 million transition tag in 2018.

The club essentially wanted a two-year deal with a series of four one-year options. Cousins didn't want a contract that committed him to the team from 2019 to 2022 without any power on his end.

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Washington Offered Kirk Cousins $53M In Fully Guaranteed Money

Jul 17, 2017 6:28 PM

Washington detailed their multi-year offer to Kirk Cousins this offseason after they were unable to come to an agreement.

"Our goal was to sign Kirk to a long-term contract with the final objective of having him finish his career with the Redskins," Allen said Monday in the statement. "On May 2, right after the draft, we made Kirk an offer that included the highest fully guaranteed amount upon signing for a quarterback in NFL history ($53 million) and guaranteed a total of $72 million for injury. The deal would have made him at least the second highest-paid player by average per year in NFL history.

"But despite our repeated attempts, we have not received any offer from Kirk's agent this year. Kirk has made it clear that he prefers to play on a year-to-year basis," Allen said. "While we would have liked to work out a long-term contract before the season, we accept his decision."

Cousins will become the first NFL quarterback to play under the franchise tag for a second consecutive season, earning $23.9 million. 

Cousins' side didn't counter the initial offer, knowing if he was franchised he'd make $23.9 million guaranteed -- and then hit free agency in 2018, or be tagged again.

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Kirk Cousins Open To Long-Term Deal With Washington In 2018

Jul 16, 2017 6:30 PM

Kirk Cousins is not expected to sign a long-term deal with Washington before Monday's deadline. But Cousins remains open to a long-term deal after the season.

Cousins fully intends to play this season under his franchise tag, worth $23.9 million in 2017.

There have been positive talks in recent days but Cousins prefers to wait to do a deal at this time.

Washington still can use its franchise tag on him again next offseason for a third straight year, but it would cost them $34,478,784 to franchise him again.

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.

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Kirk Cousins Likely To Play Under Franchise Tag In 2017

Jul 13, 2017 2:28 PM

Kirk Cousins is likely to play the 2017 season under the franchise tag of $23.94 million.

Cousins and Washington have until Monday to sign a long-term deal.

After making $19.95 million in 2016, Cousins will make $43.89 million combined over these two seasons under the tag.

Cousins could tag him $35 million for 2018 or use the transition tag for $28 million.

The San Francisco 49ers are amongst the teams likely to pursue Cousins in free agency next season.

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Kirk Cousins, Washington Continue To Stall On Contract Talks

Jul 11, 2017 10:49 AM

There are no new developments between Washington and Kirk Cousins regarding a new contract.

In less than a week, the window closes for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year contracts.

Cousins is scheduled to make nearly $24 million in 2017 with the promise of either a 20-percent raise under the transition tag or a 44-percent raise under the franchise tag in 2018 — or a shot at free agency.

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Washington In Name Battle

Jun 20, 2017 8:31 AM

The Supreme Court struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help Washington in their legal fight over the team name.

The justices ruled that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes on free speech rights.

The ruling is a victory for an Asian-American rock band with a controversial name, but the case was closely watched for the impact it would have on a separate dispute involving the football team.

Dan Snyder said he was "thrilled" with the Supreme Court's ruling, and team attorney Lisa Blatt said the court's decision effectively resolves the team's longstanding dispute with the government.

"The Supreme Court vindicated the Team's position that the First Amendment blocks the government from denying or cancelling a trademark registration based on the government's opinion," Blatt said in a statement.

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DeAngelo Hall Accepted Pay Cut To Remain With Washington

Jun 15, 2017 9:07 AM

DeAngelo Hall, coming off a torn ACL and still learning a new position, accepted a pay cut to remain with the Washington Redskins.

Hall said he recently accepted a reduced salary, cutting his base number almost in half. He had been scheduled to make $4.25 million this season but will now make $2.3 million, according to a source.

He spent his first 12 seasons at corner before moving to safety midway through the 2015 season.

"There will come a point where I'm not able to play and I'm just too old or too slow or too banged up," Hall said. "While I can still play, I want to go out and play.

"I don't know where I fit in yet, and I don't know if they know where I fit in yet. But I know when I'm healthy, I can help us win."

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Washington Names Doug Williams VP Of Player Personnel

Jun 13, 2017 9:26 AM

Washington has named Doug Williams their senior vice president of player personnel.

Bruce Allen said the organization interviewed "a dozen" candidates for the role.

Williams quarterbacked Washington from 1986 to 1989.

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Dan Snyder's Involvement Helping Contract Talks With Kirk Cousins

Jun 10, 2017 1:33 PM

The positive tone of contract talks between Kirk Cousins and Washington are related to the involvement of Dan Snyder.

Robert Griffin III was very tight with Snyder when he was the starting quarterback of Washington.

Cousins recently said Snyder "has done a great job this offseason communicating with me."

Snyder has told Cousins he wants to sign him long-term and there's confidence internally that a deal will ultimately be reached.

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