The Washington Redskins on Tuesday announced that quarterback
Unlike last year when Cousins was given the non-exclusive franchise tag, the Redskins have placed the exclusive tag on the Michigan State product.
The exclusive franchise tag is also a one-year tender, however, only the Redskins have negotating rights with Cousins.
That means that Cousins can only sign the tender with the Redskins (the non-exclusive tag would have allowed him to negotiate with other teams. Washington would have either been able to match the offer or receive two first-round picks in exchange.)
However, once he has signed his tender the Redskins can still potentially trade him if they elected to take that avenue.
Washington and Cousins' representatives still have until July 15 to sign a potential long-term deal, though. Additionally, Cousins will make 120 percent of his 2016 salary when the tender is signed.
As of Tuesday afternoon, only 17 other players have received the exclusive rights tag and only four have played a season under it.
Kirk Cousins only 17th player ever to get exclusive franchise tag. Only 4 played under the tag. History suggests a long term deal coming— trey wingo (@wingoz) February 28, 2017
Since the now-famous “You like that!” game between the Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015, Cousins has the NFL’s passer rating (104.7) among quarterbacks with at least 500 attempts.
He’s also led the Redskins to a 17-14-1 regular season record and passed for at least 4,000 yards each of the last two years after earning the starting nod for the 2015 regular season opener.
Check back with Redskins.com for more coverage on Cousins and the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.