Tha Sports Junkies 101

Kirk Cousins Makes NFL History, becomes first quarterback to get “Franchised” Twice

franchise tag Keith Allison


Kirk Cousins Signs Exclusive Franchise Tag

Is Kirk Cousins a franchise quarterback? That answer depends on who you ask. In the modern NFL era, teams are paying a premium price for top-notch signal callers. Just last year, Cousins had the second-highest based salary of ALL NFL players at 19.5 million dollars. The Washington Redskins have done the prudent thing by giving Cousins the franchise tag. Tagging Cousins gives the front office flexibility in free agency. Unlike the 2016 season, the Redskins have placed an exclusive-franchise tag on him. Cousins will receive a guaranteed $23.94 million dollars in 2017.

They have until July 15th to sign him to a long-term contract, and the organization should make an authentic effort in retaining Kirk Cousins. For the first time in Daniel Snyder’s 18-year ownership, the Redskins have a winner at quarterback. In Cousins first two seasons as a starter, Washington is 17-14-1. The last time the Redskins had back-to-back winning records was the mid-90’s. (1996-97)

Kirk Cousins has benefited tremendously from his supporting cast and Jay Gruden’s West Coast scheme. In 2016, he completed 67 percent of his passes, threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, and made his first Pro Bowl. However as a team, the Redskins took a step back. Cousins may not be an elite passer, but because of the market value of quarterbacks he’ll more than likely become the highest paid quarterback in the NFL after 2017.

The question as to what the Washington Redskins truly believe Kirk Cousins is worth remains to be seen but the Redskins have found their franchise quarterback. With an improved running attack and revamped Redskins defense Kirk Cousins could reach new heights in 2017. Football is the ultimate team sport and with an improved roster Cousins will continue his ascension as one of the best quaterbacks in the NFL.