The Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins have broken off contract negotiations and no further meetings are scheduled, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Tuesday was the first day for a team to use its franchise tag on an impending free agent. The deadline to use a tag is March 1.
Cousins and Washington were reportedly far apart on their initial contract discussions.
Cousins finished last season with 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns after starting all 16 games for Washington last year. It was his first year as a full–time starter after Robert Griffin III was benched during the preseason despite the team picking up his $16.15 million option for 2016. The Redskins are expected to release Griffin next month.
The Redskins finished the year 9–7 and won the NFC East title before losing to the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs.
- Christopher Chavez