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Washington blames Kirk Cousins for lack of long-term contract

18 July 2017

Eli Manning's contract guaranteed him $54 million, eclipsing what the Redskins were offering Cousins.

Cousins' side didn't counter the initial offer, knowing if he was franchised he'd make $23.9 million guaranteed - and then hit free agency in 2018, or be tagged again.

According to Allen, the Redskins' goal was to sign Cousins to a long-term contract and have him finish his National Football League career in Washington. Matt Barkley was signed as the No. 2-for-this-year, but he's realistically a No. 3 on any team with QB depth.

Sources say that talks between both sides have been positive recently, but Cousins wants to wait until after the season to talk. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Washington in 2012 and "13, Cousins" first two seasons in the league. Rather than make a play to trade for Cousins or Jimmy Garoppolo, general manager John Lynch opted to build out the roster rather than mortgage the future at other positions for the club's potential franchise quarterback.

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"I don't know that it's been different", Cousins said, asked if there had been a change in tone from past year to this offseason. If that's the case, they're going to be at a disadvantage if the 49ers do decide to pursue him.

Another part of Schefter's report is that he's "open" to still negotiating with the Redskins after the 2017 season. And be patient along with him.

The 49ers and new coach Kyle Shanahan, of course, have always been linked to Cousins given their history in Washington, and San Francisco also has a glaring need for a long-term fix at quarterback.

With the deadline come and gone, no deal was signed between Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins. I don't know, that's what negotiations are for, and it's possible Washington's management could come up with more dollars at the last moment. For at least one more year.

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Cousins' franchise tag this season is $US23.9 million, but it increases next season to $US34.5 million or $US28.7 million if Washington gives him the "transition" tag, meaning other teams can sign Cousins to an offer sheet that Washington has the right to match.

Of course, nearly nobody in the NFL has more cap room projected for the 2018 offseason than the 49ers, and again, everybody in the league knows this.

Brian Hoyer was Shanahan's target on the free-agent market. They could use their franchise-player tag (again) or their transition-player tag to retain him.

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Washington blames Kirk Cousins for lack of long-term contract