The Washington Redskins are planning to place either a franchise or transition tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Tagging Cousins will keep him under team control for one year, giving the Redskins time to negotiate a long-term deal with him.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Washington has also not ruled out trading Cousins.
The four-year, $2.6 million contract Cousins signed with the Redskins in 2012 expired after this season, making him a free agent after March 1 if the team does not negotiate a contract extension or tag him.
In his fourth year with the team, Cousins assumed the full-time starting role over Robert Griffin III and turned in the best season performance of his career. He logged a 69.8% completion rate for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns.
The Redskins have the No. 21 pick in this year’s draft after finishing the season 9–7.
- Erin Flynn