Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is not expected to sign a long-term deal by Monday's 4 p.m. deadline to sign franchise players to long-term contracts, but he is open to doing a deal with the team after this season, per a source familiar with the situation.
If the team can't get Cousins to sign, he will play for the team on under a franchise tag for the second straight season, costing the team $23.94 million. That might be a fall-back option if negotiations continue to break down, but it would be an unreasonable rate for the team to absorb, leaving less money to address other roster spots. The 49ers could have a quarterback vacancy next season.
Bell, 25, is the only player who has yet to sign his franchise tender or reach a long-term deal this season. "Let's say he plays really well - he's looking at the franchise tag for $34 million".
The Redskins have been looking for a franchise QB for nearly three decades and, considering his beginnings here in Washington, Cousins was not supposed to be in the position he is in now.
Kirk Cousins has to prove himself to the Washington Redskins once more this upcoming season.
Cousins has established himself as the Redskins' all-time leader in many QB statistical categories but, in the eyes of the front office, he may not have done enough to be paid long-term as one of the top signal-callers in the NFL.
Shanahan helped develop Cousins into one of the league's top up-and-coming quarterbacks.
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. This may sound like a broken record for Redskins fans, but at least Cousins is stating that he wants to explore free agency. The clock is ticking for that negotiation, and if it expires without a new deal, Cousins and the 49ers will be the next ones on the clock for 2018.