With his performances the last two years as a starter, Kirk Cousins has proved himself worthy of a long-term contract. He said he would be surprised if Cousins signs before Monday's deadline.
Florio added that such internal disagreement has persisted since 2015, when there was debate within the organization over whether Cousins or Robert Griffin III should be the team's franchise quarterback. If they do not, the two parties can not reopen negotiations until after the 2017 season.
And we can all see how carefully the 49ers have maneuvered around the QB position in Shahanan's first few months here.
Washington still can use its franchise tag on him again next offseason for a third straight year, but it would cost the Redskins $34,478,784 to franchise him again.
It seems unquestionable at this point that Cousins has won this standoff against Washington.
However, the franchise tag will reward Cousins handsomely.
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At 29 years old, Kirk Cousins potentially could be. Is somebody who has never won a playoff game really the best-case QB scenario long-term for the 49ers?
Shanahan helped develop Cousins into one of the league's top up-and-coming quarterbacks. And be patient along with him.
Per a source within knowledge of the situation, theres "nothing going on" between Cousins and Washington on the eve of the deadline for signing him to a long-term deal. Washington can not negotiate with its franchise QB until after the season. All unused cap space from one year can be carried over to the next.
Cousins fully intends to play this season under his franchise tag, worth $23.9 million in 2017. It could roll over ita unspent room into next season, giving it more than enough ammunition to lure Cousins in free agency.
The 49ers are set up to make a massive offer to Cousins if he's a restricted free agent, and that would not be a good development for Washington.
Cousins is now scheduled to make $23.9 million in 2017 under the franchise tag, per Spotrac, but could then hit free agency after the season.