The contract situation in Washington could hand the 49ers their franchise quarterback in 2018. Kirk Cousins will play this season under a 2nd consecutive franchise tag. That tag will pay him around $24 million this season. Next offseason, Washington could franchise tag him again, but the cost to do that would be $34.5 million. That amount could be too much for Washington to deal with.
This season, Brian Hoyer will be the stopgap starter. Hoyer will provide the leadership and experience for Kyle Shanahan’s offense. But this will be a short term solution for the 49ers. The 49ers should have over $100 million in cap space available next year. With that cap space and Kyle’s familiarity with Kirk could put the 49ers as the ideal team for Kirk.
Every quarterback that Kyle has worked with has improved stat wise. Kyle will get Brian Hoyer in good situations to succeed. That doesn’t mean the team will have a winning season, but this combo should make the team more entertaining than it has been in a few years. That should help when the 49ers get their franchise quarterback in a year’s time.
Working to the 49ers favor | Washington’s Situation (Jones)
The DL could go through a major improvement | DL Depth (Barrows)
QB Options (Wagoner)
Will the 49ers pull the trigger? | Cousins to the 49ers in 2018? (Williams)
It should be fun to see | RB Competition (Wagoner)
Another person’s opinion on Kap | Mike Vick on Kap (Associated Press)
Kyle Juszczyk (Barnwell)
Open Practice (49ers Staff)
Cousins’ Negotiations (Cohn)
I expect Hoyer to have a decent throwing season | Bold Prediction (Asher)
Kap Responds to Vick (Barrows)
Trading for Kirk (Chung)