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Deadline passes, Kirk Cousins does not get contract extension

It appears Cousins will play 2017 on the franchise tender. What happens in 2018?

The NFL franchise tag extension deadline has passed, and it is not at all surprising that Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins did not get a contract extension. Cousins joins Le’Veon Bell and Trumaine Johnson as players who will play the 2017 season under the franchise tag.

Cousins will play his second straight season under the franchise tag, and will earn $23.9 million. Cousins cannot sign a contract extension until after the 2017 season, at which point a lot of possibilities exist. Washington could use the franchise tag a third straight year, in which case they would owe him $34 million if he signed the tender.

The San Francisco 49ers are the favorite to land Cousins if he does not return to Washington in 2018, but there is a lot that has to happen between now and then for that to happen. It is not a certainty that unrestricted free agent Kirk Cousins ends up in Santa Clara, but all indications for now suggest that would be the result.

With that in mind, how does this play out next offseason? Does Kirk Cousins spend next season in Washington either due to an extension or the franchise or transition tag? Or does he leave as a free agent or potentially via some kind of trade if he’s tagged again? Where is he playing when Week 1 of the 2018 regular season rolls around?


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