FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers in Landover, Md. The Washington Redskins have placed t
Alex Brandon, File
March 03, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) Kirk Cousins says he has signed the franchise tender from the Washington Redskins, giving the quarterback a one-year deal worth nearly $20 million.

On Thursday, two days after the Redskins placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, he tweeted out a photo of himself with pen in hand.

Cousins wrote: ''I'm told this is the final step in making it officially official.''

The Redskins' move allowed Cousins to negotiate with other teams, which would have needed to send two first-round draft picks to Washington to sign the QB. But he rendered all of that moot by quickly accepting the tender.

Cousins helped the Redskins win the NFC East with a breakthrough performance last season, his fourth in the NFL but first as a full-time starter.

Cousins and Washington have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term contract.

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