NFL Minute: Kirk Cousins' free agency effects on Colts offseason

Quarterback Kirk Cousins has said that he wants to go to a team that can win. Would he view the Browns as having that potential

Teams can begin designating franchise players on February 20.

The Redskins tagging Cousins again, however, carries with it major risk. Ultimately, this move would make their QB Kirk Cousins a free agent when the league year starts.

If the Redskins placed the tag on Cousins it would mean that they are on the hook or $34 million.

Of course, team president Bruce Allen is also the same man that called Kirk Cousins "Kurt" Cousins last summer while explaining the team's lowball contract offer.

ICON SPORTSWIREWith Washington trading for Alex Smith, where will Cousins land in 2018? If Cousins is not tagged, he would be free to negotiate with other teams beginning March 12.




For a team that needs some stability at quarterback, it also wouldn't hurt for the Jets to also considering using their No. 6 overall pick on a future franchise quarterback or even just trade the pick to acquire more picks to continue adding talent to the team.

Until Cousins signs the tag, Washington would be on the hook for the amount of his tag, which, because he was tagged past year, would be approximately $34.5 million, or 120 percent of his 2017 salary. If the Jets were also able to bring back veteran quarterback Josh McCown as his backup, they would have something exciting to look forward to next season and well, for many years after that.

As former Eagles president and National Football League front office executive Joe Banner noted on Twitter, the only way a Cousins tag-and-trade happens is if Washington definitely knows it has a deal in place before placing the tag on Cousins.

But Cousins has no good reason to cooperate with the Redskins, and immediately sign the franchise tender to facilitate a trade. Cousins, the team's 2012 fourth-round pick who was franchised each of the last two offseasons, would hit free agency in a few weeks and finally be free to sell his wares to the highest bidder.

Cousins said he did not speak to the Redskins until the morning after the trade. I understood that. They wanted to do a deal, but because I wanted to go a little longer, it put them in a tough spot. Finally, they'd forfeit a 2019 compensatory draft pick if they ultimately pulled the tag rather than letting him walk now.

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