Redskins keep Kirk Cousins off the market with exclusive franchise tag

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The Washington Redskins will not be trading Kirk Cousins to the San Francisco 49ers, or any other team, according to Ian Rapoport.

He loved playing for new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan when he was the Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator.

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 13: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at FedExField on November 13, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. This means that, unless he is traded by Washington, the former Spartan will play on a one-year, fully-guaranteed deal worth approximately $23.9 million; and that the Redskins can continue to work on a long-term deal with the him.

It marks the second season in a row Cousins has been assigned the tag by the Redskins. With a weak draft for quarterbacks and a dearth of good options on the free agent market, Cousins could bring back an enormous return. Cousins is very likely to hit unrestricted free agency next offseason.

Wednesday is the deadline for the Redskins to decide whether to place their franchise tag on the quarterback. Whether I sign a five year deal or a one year franchise tag, I'm going to feel like I'm on a one year deal every year and have to prove myself week in and week out. In 2016, Cousins threw for 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 97.2. According to Keim, it greatly reduces Washington's bargaining power with other teams. They want Cousins to be their quarterback.

The Cleveland Browns have around $108 million in salary cap space and a basket full of draft picks this offseason with many other needs to address outside of the quarterback position. They decided that they're not going to trade him to the San Francisco 49ers. If that happens, the team would owe Cousins a 44 percent raise over his current salary, which would be $34.47 million for a single season.

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