Deadline day has arrived for Redskins, Cousins

Doug Mendoza
July 17, 2017

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Cousins was not expected to sign a long-term deal.

If Cousins plays under the franchise tag for a second straight year, he is guaranteed to make almost $24 million.

If this proves true, Cousins will play the 2017 season on a fully-guaranteed $23,943,600 contract. The 49ers could have a quarterback vacancy next season. He said he would be surprised if Cousins signs before Monday's deadline. The deadline to sign franchise players to long-term contracts is Monday at 4 p.m. ET.

In doing so, Schefter reports Cousins will have "more leverage than any player has had in any recent year". Washington will then have to watch and see if Cousins can go out and produce another strong statistical season and perhaps even compete for a playoff spot.

The likeliest scenario from there: A trade or just a flat-out free-agent departure to the team Cousins really wants to join... in Spring 2018.

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Former Redskins general manager Charlie Casserly believes by not signing a long term contract, Cousins remains in a position of power. Cousins to the 49ers rumors have swirled since Shanahan's arrival as the two have been connected, and as San Francisco doesn't have a long-term answer at quarterback. If they can not, the negotiation window doesn't open again until after the coming season. The first is the transition tag and the second is the franchise tag for a third consecutive year, but both options would cost the Redskins a pretty penny for a one-year deal. But it would take the most expensive one-year deal in league history.

Of course, nearly nobody in the NFL has more cap room projected for the 2018 offseason than the 49ers, and again, everybody in the league knows this.

Indeed, Cousins likely will make huge money in free agency next offseason.

Granted, there are those who would welcome Cousins into the Niners ranks in 2018.

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