Kirk Cousins was linked as a potential target to come to the 49ers and reunite with his former coach Kyle Shanahan. But on Tuesday, Washington franchise tagged their quarterback. That does not eliminate the possibility of Kirk coming to San Francisco, but the price will be a lot to complete it. A trade between the two teams could still happen.
The 49ers need a quarterback and Kirk makes perfect sense since he already knows Kyle’s system. But the cost to complete a trade for Kirk could be too high for the 49ers especially given the fact that Washington could lose Kirk after next season anyway. The 49ers have too many holes on their roster and their picks in the draft are needed to fill those holes. Waiting until next season is likely the smart play for the 49ers because Washington will not use the franchise tag again next season, leaving Kirk to test the free agent market.
The NFL Combine started on Tuesday. The 49ers have 10 picks in the upcoming draft including the #2 pick and a compe pick. The 49ers could go a couple of different ways with the #2 pick. There is no player draft experts agree on that the 49ers should take because the 49ers need a QB, but the QB class is weak this year. Mitch Trubisky looks like the top projection if they decide to pick a QB at #2. An intriguing name that could be picked instead of a QB would be Reuben Foster, the Alabama LB. He’s a playmaker and could be a great partner to NaVorro Bowman in the middle of the defense.
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The 49ers could still get him | Kirk Cousins’ Situation (Keim)
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Was bound to happen | Kirk Franchise Tagged (Lander)
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Hopefully they don’t | No Trade (Biderman)
Washington Makes The Decision On Kirk (Maiocco)
Need a good draft to restore this roster | 10 Picks In The Draft (Fann)
Is A Trade Still Possible? (Barrows)
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