Report: Kirk Cousins, Redskins will not agree to deal before deadline
The Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins will not strike a new contract before the franchise tag deadline on July 15, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports.
The two sides are reportedly at an impasse in discussing long-term negotiations, and nothing is expected to be finalized in the next week. As a result, Cousins will not be able to sign a new deal until after the 2016 season.
The Redskins used their non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, paying him $19.95 million for one year. The team will have to either give him a 20% raise for the 2017 season or allow him to become a free agent next year. The system is structured to offer him continued pay hikes as long as the team proceeds to use the tag.
Cousins, 27, threw for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns last season, leading them to a 9–7 record and the NFC East title. The Redskins have not won a playoff game since 2005.