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Need to Know: What happens after the Redskins tag Cousins?

Feb 29, 2016, 5:01 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 29, nine days before the start of NFL free agency.

If Cousins gets tagged tomorrow then what?

It appears likely, but not certain, that the Redskins will put the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins sometime between this morning and the deadline, which falls at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Assuming that happens, what’s next?

Cousins will have to decide to sign it or not—The tag is not a contract until the player signs it. Cousins could sign it right away. That would fully guarantee the contract immediately and ensure against the (unlikely) prospect of the Redskins pulling the tag, which a team can do before it’s signed. It also would require Cousins to attend the mandatory minicamp and report for training camp. As long as the tender remains unsigned Cousins can field offers from other teams. If he accepts an offer sheet, the Redskins would have to match it or lose Cousins and get two first-round draft picks as compensation. Once the tender is signed he can’t talk to other teams.

Both the Redskins and Cousins’ camp will watch the free agent market—They will be particularly interested in what Sam Bradford gets from the Eagles or whatever team he signs with. The situation in San Francisco might draw some attention as well; if Colin Kaepernick is released, his new contract would give both sides in the negotiation something more to work with.

The Redskins will look for a new QB in the draft—Even if Cousins signs a long-term deal before the draft Scot McCloughan will carefully consider the quarterbacks in the draft as a developmental project. But if Cousins is still on the tag at the end of April the Redskins will look at the position with considerably more urgency. If they might have Cousins for just one more year taking a quarterback in the fourth round, maybe even the third, would be a wise precautionary move, defense against the possibility that Cousins could be gone in 2017.

The two sides probably don’t move much until July 15 approaches—Talks may or may not formally break off but after the tag has been done the Redskins will turn to other business such as bringing back their own free agents and signing others. And Mike McCartney, Cousins’ agent, will go about representing his other clients with other teams. They probably will stay in touch but there will be no reason for either side to give any significant ground until the calendar turns to July. If no deal has been worked out by July 15 Cousins will play out the season under the franchise tag.

Timeline

—Cary Conklin, who started two games at quarterback for the Redskins in 1993, was born on this date in 1968. So, yes, the Redskins do have a leap day baby among their alumni. Per Pro Football Reference, a total of 19 players who were born on February 29 played in the NFL.

—The Redskins last played a game 50 days ago. It will be about 195 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 9; Redskins offseason workouts start 49; 2016 NFL draft 59

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Feb 29, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    Here is what I don’t understand. Look at teams like Seattle and Denver. They don’t have any problems paying at key positions. Seattle: wilson, graham, Lynch, Sherman, Baldwin, chancellor, Benette, Kearse, lane… The list goes on. They have no problem paying at key skill positions. Denver: manning, Miller, Thomas, ware, talib, sanders, Marshall, roby, Jackson… These teams are stacked at key positions with marquee players everywhere with big dollars being paid everywhere.

    So the redskins offence we only have 3 big pay positions, Jackson, garçon, Williams. That is it. We’re not paying a running back, TE, QB… Look at defence, we are only paying at 3 positions, Kerrigan, culliver and Goldston. What is our problem? why is it that we never have enough money to keep real players and you look at teams like Seattle and Denver and their pockets are as deep as it gets??

    I don’t get it. We Have not paid at QB or Running back in 20 years, and we still cannot afford either at a going rate??

    Just don’t get it.

    • nathan2fly - Feb 29, 2016 at 7:06 AM

      Those teams have been properly managing their cap for years. They haven’t been overpaying washed up talent since the early two thousands.

    • Mr.moneylover - Feb 29, 2016 at 7:43 AM

      Most the guys you named are homegrown talent witch means they was on they rookie deal for multiple years…Seattle made the playoffs 3 straight years before they drafted Russell Wilson so of course they gonna have a lot of money…same with Denver a team that was just QB away from bein playoffs contender’s and they brought in Peyton Manning…the reality with the skins are we don’t have enough homegrown talent yet to save our money we need to bring in free agent talent until we have multiple good drafts…some ppl were saying last year draft was the best draft redskins had the last 10 to 20 years because we got better in multiple positions by drafting studs…don’t worry redskins will get there soon but we not there yet

      • renhoekk2 - Feb 29, 2016 at 9:29 AM

        Until recently with Kerrigan and TWill the Skins have not had any draft pick earn a second contract from the team. Those two guys were first round picks so you would hope they would get 2nd contracts. But that is it. They went years and years without a single draft pick getting a second contract from the team. That means you are spending a lot of money in FA to get players.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 29, 2016 at 10:56 AM

      You need great players on your roster before you can sign them to huge contracts. That’s what you may be missing about the Cousins’ deal.

      The reality is that the reason for not have many big contracts is not that the team cannot afford the going rate at many positions, there are so few the team acquires worth paying at the going rate.

      • Mr.moneylover - Mar 1, 2016 at 9:51 AM

        Yea scot m. Brought in a hand full of guys to fill holes in free agency…with kirk cousins getting 19 mill on a franchise tag takes a big chuck out of our salary cap so redskins won’t be able to make moves until they renegotiate somebody else contract to make space

        • Trey Gregory - Mar 1, 2016 at 9:58 AM

          Well, they were already planning on giving RG3 16 mil. Cousins is only taking up about 4 mil more than that. That’s not REALLY the reason we don’t have space. The deals McCloughan made last year are taking up quite a bit of space as well as the projected space for Galette and we want to sign Reed this year. Obviously some old Allen deals are choking us. But McCloughan added to this. It’s not all on Cousins. And that’s fine by the way. We don’t need to sign a slew of free agents every year. I’m not saying McCloughan messed anything up. But look at Culliver, Goldson, Paea, and Francois’ deals and tell me it’s all just because we tagged Cousins.

    • John - Feb 29, 2016 at 11:32 PM

      In Denver’s case, a lot of their players were drafted and on rookie contracts, so they could buy a Manning for a couple years. Now a lot of those guys are going to move into their second contracts and some will be pretty expensive to keep. Fortunately Manning is retiring, so his contract won’t kill them

      Vinnie and Dan played fantasy football for so many years that the cap is a hindrance. Its not Cousins fault that he played great in a contract year. He played at a high level and deserves to be paid.

    • Trey Gregory - Mar 1, 2016 at 2:14 AM

      You also have to realize that Washington isn’t a desirable landing spot in free agency yet. Some guys just want to get paid and will go wherever. But they’re still going to pick a Texas or Florida team if the money is the same because they won’t get taxed.

      But for the guys you actually want, who care about winning, they want to go to a winner. So the only way to pry them away is to offer more money than they’re going to get in Green Bay, Denver, New England, Seattle, etc. etc. Guys will take less money to play for a championship team but will want more money to go to a team in a rebuild. We’re going to have to get better before big names guys will come to us at a decent price. Overpaying for free agents is one price of losing.

  2. Mr.moneylover - Feb 29, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Kirk cousins agent is on record saying he’s cool with kirk cousins getting the franchise tag because he feels kirk cousins is worth 19 mill per year so I expect him to sign soon after…that franchise tag gonna kill redskins in free agency yea they not gonna be big spenders but they already gotta sign junior gaullet and mason foster…I just hope they playing things smart with kirk cousins and don’t hurt the other area of needs on this team

  3. jonevans511 - Feb 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Completely unrelated but between watching the combine and his play during this past season, I’m beginning to fall for who Mayock kept calling “bubble butt”- Billings out of Baylor. Dude’s a freak DT and whether or not we draft him pay close attention. Scot M has him on his radar if nothing else, I guarantee that.

    • Trey Gregory - Mar 1, 2016 at 2:09 AM

      I might honestly cry if Billings is on the board at 21 and we don’t take him.

      My biggest concern was if he would work as a 0 technique, but the NFL network guys seemed sold that he was a natural NT. I also know (and they thought so too) that he’s a great prospect as a 4-3 DT, or using him as a 1 technique in some of or packages with 4 down linemen. He’s freakishly strong but also athletic. You should watch some of his college games and watch him put double teams on skates. I very specifically remember him doing that against Kansas this past year. Two linemen completely on skates. I want this guy on my team.

  4. renhoekk2 - Feb 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    If I’m Kirk I’m not signing that tag contract right away. I’d rather see what the market has to offer and then put the ball back in the Skins court to match or not. You have Gruden coming out and a proclaiming how much better Kirk will be with a full off-season of starter reps and another year in the system that they will tweak for him. So if they expect him to be better than last year they have to know they will be staring at a bigger contract offer next season. You have to believe some QB needy team was whispering in McCartney’s ear at the combine. I won’t be shocked if Cousins doesn’t sign it right away. I think the Skins are betting on some blind loyalty of Kirk’s. But I believe he holds some resentment towards the team for drafting him with no intention of playing him or letting him even compete for the job. Then when they finally do give him the job, he has a good season but when it comes time to resign him they balk. Also he has to be aware that his #1 and #2 WR’s probably won’t be back next season, and as of now there is nobody to step in for them. Do the Skins really believe they are such an appealing team to play for that he’ll cave to jump at the chance to play for them?

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 29, 2016 at 10:43 AM

      Where do you get your information about the #1 and #2 WRs not returning? Both are under contract for 2016.

      Kirk is bound to either Franchise Tag option the Redskins choose. He has not negotiation power outside of not playing for any team which means NO salary for next season. Even if he did, do you really think a team is willing to pay him over 20 million for one season? This will be a non exclusive tag and if teams want Cousins as badly as you THINK then they’ll anti up the two 1st round draft picks and sign him to a huge deal.

      • renhoekk2 - Feb 29, 2016 at 11:05 AM

        By next I meant the following season in 2017. The year after the franchise tag. If you are the Texans and Jets and you have a team good enough to make the playoffs but are looking at a QB like Hoyer or Fitzpatrick who did not have as good of a season as Cousins, you are probably considering Cousins. Is 33yrd Fitzpatrick the future of the Jets? The Texans started 4 or 5 QB last season because of bad QB play and still made the playoffs. So you know they don’t believe they have their starter on the roster. If you have a playoff caliber team right now are you really going to be excited to hand the job to a 2nd level rookie QB? Unless the give up a ton of picks to move up from 20 or 22 they aren’t getting any of the top QB’ s in the draft. Even then you don’t know what you are getting in rookie QB. Most end up being bust. So yes there will be a market for Cousins. Guys who finish in the top 10 in several QB categories don’t become FA very often.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 29, 2016 at 1:45 PM

          I have nothing against Cousins if he feels he has the ability to be a true blue elite Quarterback in the NFL. So if he want’s to push for a possible opportunity in the 2017 FA market well he can but the Redskins can also just franchise tag him a second time. No one but a few have any idea of what the Redskins are offering or what the Cousins’ camp is seeking.

          Cousins is not a proven commodity regardless of a some good categorical numbers that place him in the top ten. It doesn’t make him a top ten QB just yet. He put up the most pass attempts in Redskins history with 68 percent at 10 yards or less. Those numbers resulted in a sub-par catch per completion ranking of 28th. Gruden’s offensive system has been pass heavy every year he has ran it that dates back to OC in Cincy. This scheme statistically benefits a QB that can run the offense in many areas. It’s not a discredit to the good Cousins did do in 2015 or the improvements he did make in 2015. He’s proven he can manage an offense and he has proven he can overcome interception tendencies. Ideally a team wants to lock down a long term deal on a franchise QB based on what he did in multiple seasons and not what he did for the better half of one season.

          I do also understand the organization put itself in a difficult situation with no starting QB on the roster. It will be interesting to find what the Redskins are offering. However, it doesn’t mean the organization must sacrifice a significant portion of the salary cap to get a long term deal from Cousins. If Cousins wants to play on a one year franchise tag then he risking more than the organization would be. The organization would be more than happy to see him rise to an elite QB next season and sign him to a huge contract the next. However, if Cousins underwhelms then he stands to risk putting himself in a position where any long term contract would be significantly less going forward.

        • bangkokben - Feb 29, 2016 at 2:16 PM

          @redskinsnameisheretostay

          I’ll agree that no one knows the exact lines in the sand and that usually a QB has to perform at a high level multiple years to warrant a large contract. These are important factors in these negotiations. The stats: they don’t matter – they are impressive (7-3 in the last ten regular season games with 23 TDs and just 3 INTs) but they don’t matter. What matters is how did Cousins run this offense? And the answer to that is simple. Very well. Now, what does that cost? Maybe Cousins is asking for too much or maybe the Redskins are lowballing him. I don’t know. But betting against Cousins hasn’t worked well for anyone. The Redskins don’t need to pay Cousins $24 million next year when they can work something close to but under $20 million.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 29, 2016 at 10:48 AM

      “You have to believe some QB needy team was whispering in McCartney’s ear at the combine. I won’t be shocked if Cousins doesn’t sign it right away.”

      Say, say, say what you want because …I didn’t know Paul McCartney was at the combine and had a vested interest in Cousins.

      • renhoekk2 - Feb 29, 2016 at 11:49 AM

        Mike McCartney, Cousins agent who was referenced in Tandler’s piece. Pretty sure he has a vested interest in Cousins.

      • John - Feb 29, 2016 at 4:08 PM

        Regarding your previous comment and “under 10 yards per attempt” compare the early part of the season without Jackson and then the part of the season with Jackson, the yards per attempt/completion would be much higher.Kind Id difficult to hit “the big play” without a reliable deep threat.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 29, 2016 at 5:24 PM

          I don’t argue Jackson helped opened up the field and I stated early in the season that Cousins was impacted without a deep threat like Jackson and Reed who was also hindered some by early injuries. Cousins closed out the second half much improved and his yards per completion reflect it. The last 9 games with Jackson returning he averaged 12.66 yards per completion which ranks him among the top 5 QB’s season averages. The next step is to see him perform this way the whole season. Regardless of how the contract negotiations end, I support signing Cousins even if it means the Franchise Tag. However, there is legitimate argument on both sides about where his real value lies but in the end Cousins will receive more compensation than most QBs ever received with just a single season performance to show for it. Cousin just has too much leverage on the Redskins here and I think just about everyone knows it.

  5. therealistcat - Feb 29, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Just seems to be a lot of speculation to me. Honestly, what I pull from Scot M is that he is not going to break the bank on Kirk under no circumstances. I don’t see the tag happening nor a long term deal. It just doesn’t make business sense to spend that kind of money on a guy that was not the major factor in getting the team to its accomplishments last year. I get it, as lay fans it’s easy to get caught up in individual stats. .However when you truly analyze those stats you quickly ascertain the fact that Kirk was the beneficiary of many collateral factors. Namely, quick read play calling, YAC (yards after the catch), a good oline, and a coach who believes in him. The team was ranked in the bottom half of the league in yards per receptions (kirk ranked 28th) and Kirk also ranked among the highest in throwing passes at or behind the line of scrimmage based on statistical analysis (sources:http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2612019-washington-redskins-must-avoid-long-term-investment-with-kirk-cousins, http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/CousKi00.htm).

    His strengths consist of: seeing the field well, quick decision maker, excellent with timing routes (short to mid range), good footwork in the pocket, and good against zone coverage. His negatives consist of: lacks accuracy and arm strength at long range (particularly on dig routes and in routes), doesn’t consistently show pocket awareness when the play is breaking down (different from pocket footwork), man coverage seems to bother him and lacks the ability to be a playmaker when the play in breaking down, he also lacks good decision making ability when he is required to go off-script (ala taking the knee before the half). In all, I would grade Cousins at a C+ or maybe B- range at this point in his career. I like the kid but the hard data and the intricacies of his performance does not call for a long term deal worth 18-20mil nor does it call for a one year deal worth 20 mil at this time. I think Scot will make the call correctly and not make the same mistake as the Ravens did a few years ago. Sorry fans and media but I think you are going to be reporting something different over the next few days. But we’ll see.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 29, 2016 at 4:46 PM

      Cat, a tip for you–posts with more than one link get dumped into the spam folder. I’ll find it and eventually post it but you might have to wait.

      • therealistcat - Mar 1, 2016 at 8:05 AM

        Okay thanks Rich! Just trying to be substantive with my points. I’ll remember that next time. Thanks for allowing it to go through!

    • ET - Feb 29, 2016 at 5:44 PM

      While I agree that Scot won’t “break the bank” for Cousins or anyone else, Scot is not an idiot. He’s well aware of the salary comps for competent starting QBs. Scot & Co. aren’t going to nickel and dime players like Cousins, Williams, or Garçon—they’re all objectively valuable players, despite what the average fan may think.

    • John - Feb 29, 2016 at 6:13 PM

      Funny but Gruden and McVeigh were not the ones throwing the ball. This was also his first full season as the starter. They have always moved the ball down the field when he has been in there.

      That being said, he has areas he can correct in his game. that will come with time I’d take him over Kapernik and the kid in Miami as well as Fitzpatrick and Bradford. In that case since you don’t have a bunch of options pay him more than their getting. Not the most difficult decision.

    • bangkokben - Feb 29, 2016 at 6:40 PM

      Why did you put in the 2nd link? To show that Cousins had three game winning drives (GWD)? Okay. That’s pretty clutch but I’m sure he just handed off the ball or the defense set him up in the opponents red zone, right?

    • John - Feb 29, 2016 at 11:07 PM

      Keep these things in mind. They have always moved the ball down the field when Kirk has been in there (2015 and previous seasons). He has only had 1 really bad game (NY Giants 2014). This season, no defense and no running game and no real deep threat for much of the season. Now based on that, put things in perspective.

      He has started 1 complete season. Some say he beat only bad teams and they only won because the rest of the division sucked. Yes and no.

      The Cowboys lost Romo and Dez for much of the season. You don’t lose your 2 stars and not feel it. The Giants have always been so so under Coughlin and the Eagles under Kelly had a bunch of disparate parts that would be hit or miss with Kelly’s system.

      When they played the Jets, half the line was out, no Reed and no Jackson against one of the leagues defenses and our D crapped out in the 2nd half.

      Against New England, the receivers dropped the first 9 passes, several of which would have led to significant gains. One of the drops by Garcon became an interception. Roberts was an idiot in that game on returns. Skins were not giving to win that one.

      The game against the Packers became a scoring contest and the Packers outplayed the Skins. The Skins D played great in the 2st quarter then collapsed.

      Cousins has had his ups and downs. He is still growing. They will mold the offense to his strengths and he will get better and perform better when things go off schedule. Andy Dalton who was not a scrambler prior to this year scrambled quite a bit this year. Kirk has that ability and I think that will happen for him as well. Remember he has been the starter for 1 season and it takes 2-3 seasons of solid playing to get into a groove.

      Regarding the tag. Sign him with the tag for now, to give more time between now and July to get a long term deal done. If Kapernik and Tannehill and Dalton are getting $15-16 mil, then he should be paid that or more considering Tannehill has nothing to show for it, Kapernik has been failing now for 2 seasons but Dalton has been improving. The deal can be structured to benefit both parties. The tag is merely a device to allow for negotiations to continue and to let the market, not a bunch of fans, decide what rate to sign Cousins.

      • therealistcat - Mar 1, 2016 at 8:26 AM

        And Robert played with no o-line, limited weapons, and a sabotaging coach, yet you make no excuses for him; and his numbers overall are still relatively decent. You guys are biased in your statements and clearly jaded about Kirk. Amazing how you post about the Green Bay game and fail to mention Kirks poor erratic play throughout that game. Clearly should have had 3 interceptions and fumbled the ball twice. As much as I like Griffin I can still speak about his flaws with honesty. That is my frustration with some of these threads——-the fans are not honest in their breakdown. You just want what you want and will warp the facts to get there. I will make this promise to you, Robert has more long term upside than Kirk; he is more skilled in critical areas such as arm strength, agility, and (dispute the lie being told) he can throw from the pocket as he did so well in college and in the NFL in the spread offense. Jamie Dukes did a great job of detailing this through film study a few years ago. You fans are couch analyst. You speak about the game and lack the propensity to carefully analyze film. I had the pleasure of doing this in high school and college. As a result I can tell you Roberts only down fall at the moment is being with a coach who does not have a system that will fit his strengths. Not only that, this same coach made blatant attempt to sabotage the kid.

        If you would do yourself the pleasure to go back and watch the San Fran game from 2014; you will clearly see Gruden shut Griffin down with 2min left to go in the half. Before the game he made disparaging comments about Griffin as to threaten his job and did all he could to fail to support him. They were down by 3 points, had a chance to run the spread no huddle (Griffins clear strength), and instead Gruden ran out the clock. I will never forget that moment, and since that day I have been wholly convinced that Gruden was trying to stall Griffins progress. I know what I saw and while the rest of you hide behind your boy wonder I will continue to stand for righteousness. The minute they release him, I will start wearing a different Jersey!

        • Trey Gregory - Mar 1, 2016 at 9:15 AM

          Run the spread no huddle? Really? And we don’t know what we’re talking about?

        • John - Mar 1, 2016 at 10:09 AM

          Please do fanboy!

        • therealistcat - Mar 1, 2016 at 10:29 AM

          Yes Trey Gregory, its standard practice in two minute drills, sometime four minute drills. Yet another couch analyst criticizing only to make himself look like a _________.

        • Trey Gregory - Mar 2, 2016 at 3:43 AM

          Lol, no, not I’m not. I don’t know why Gruden didn’t run the 4 min zone book rifle wild bear option either. But you can’t just throw football terms together and proclaim that you know more about football than everyone else. There’s a lot of different ways to say the same thing in football speak. But the common way to say what you’re talking about is a 2 min drill. I don’t have time to explain the ins and outs of all this to you. But when you say spread, most people are going to think of the offensive system that many HS and college teams use. A no huddle can be used in just about any kind of offense to hurry up then clock. The no huddle isn’t exclusive to the end of a game.

          I just want to point out: what you said about Gruden in your post is the definition of being an arm chair coach. You’re literally sitting at home telling an NFL coach what he should have done. We all like to talk and share our football opinions here. It’s fine if yours are different than mine. But don’t slam all of us for doing something while you’re doing the exact same thing. Also, don’t just assume we don’t know what we’re talking about because we don’t agree with you. There’s a lot of guys with good knowledge on this board that you could probably learn something from no matter how much you know.

          Also, be realistic. No matter what you think of Gruden, you’re delusional if you think you know more about football than he does. Name the guy you think is the single worst coach in NFL history. You’re absolutely crazy if you honestly believe you know more about football than him. Don’t take yourself too serious. We’re here to bounce ideas around and have fun, but nobody here is a football expert on par with an NFL head coach. So relax

        • John - Mar 1, 2016 at 11:11 AM

          Yeah, Robert was pretty good in college. So was Bryce Petty and the guy before Robert. They all.put up big numbers in the Briles system at Baylor. Robert won the Heisman a great college accomplishment that normally ends up meaning nothing in the NFL.

          That system works where? In college. It would not work full time in the NFL. There is a lot more speed in the NFL and tje coaches are better. Cincy played Robert the rigjt way. If he tried to ru or throw out of read option, put him on the ground.
          Robert needed to be coddled and Gruden, the coach was not going to do it with his job on the line. Gruden played Kirk because the team consistently moved the ball down field, when he was in there. He gave the team the best chance to win and they won the division.
          Kirk may not have had his best game against the Packers but the team was ouplayed. Last I recall there are 53 men on the team, though the QB seems to be the hero or the goat.
          Kirk gives this franchise the first chance to have a long term stable starting QB since Joe Theisman, something that Robert with his slight frame and injury history do not.

  6. bk70 - Feb 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    My concern is what happens after the tag is applied. Regardless of whether he’s paid $18M or $20M for 2016, who’s going to be the BU QB. Will Colt re-sign (can we afford him)? Will we gamble on a rookie as a BU? Can we afford a FA as BU?

    It just seems to me that there will be a lot of cap casualties in 2016 and we must have a solid draft with at least 7 of the 8 picks making it to the 53 man roster during the season.

    • bangkokben - Feb 29, 2016 at 1:55 PM

      The team should be able to afford any option at back-up QB. The Redskins have $13 million in cap space and will get another $16.155 million in when Griffin is released. There is also Andre Roberts, Perry Riley, Jason Hatcher, and Dashon Goldson that will either get released or have their contracts reworked. The team will have close to $40 million to sign Cousins, their rookies, and replace the positions of need.

      • bk70 - Feb 29, 2016 at 4:17 PM

        From $40M, $20M Kirk, $6M rookies, $7M for FA signing, that only leaves $7M to hold on to any unforeseen or extensions of current contracts. Like I said, it’s a concern.

        • bangkokben - Feb 29, 2016 at 4:43 PM

          Nope. You’re forgetting the rule of 51. So you actually have close to $10M in reserve. Then you have guys like Lichtensteiger, Lauvao, and Culliver who could get released after June depending on their circumstances and releasing one of them would create enough room to extend Reed this year and still have some to roll over next year.

  7. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 29, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    At least the DBs at the Combine seem to have some speed.
    ~

  8. bangkokben - Feb 29, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Apparently Junior Galette just wants a fair one-year deal. He fired his agent who also happens to be Scot McCloughan’s agent. Also, the Redskins contract for Galette has a right of first refusal clause in it. So the Redskins have five days to match any offer Junior gets.

    • ET - Feb 29, 2016 at 4:17 PM

      Let’s not forget that Galette had the Redskins logo tattooed on his arm. I think he’s expecting to come in and contribute :)

      In all seriousness, Junior seems very grateful for a fair chance. He’s still collecting guaranteed money from the Saints, too, so he doesn’t need to be unduly concerned about the size of his DC paycheck. Picking up a player with character issues can be problematic, but this particular signing seems positive for both the player and team.

  9. bk70 - Feb 29, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Less than 24 hours now for TAG—> Cousins

    • bangkokben - Feb 29, 2016 at 4:48 PM

      Then it’s wait until summer.

  10. Bryan - Feb 29, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Enough of this cousins stuff. He is going to get francished then get a long term deal this spring or summer. They are going to lock him down. I wanna talk about the draft and how I think we can rebuild that dline in one draft. I find it exciting to be able to get a stud at 21 then possibly a very good player like ridgeway from Texas in 2nd or third. It seems this draft is lining up for us in that we need d help and this is a perfect year to get some young blood. I’d be ok with all defense this year except maybe a c like Martin from Nd at some point. I know that won’t happen but we could use it. What do other feel about draft

    • bangkokben - Feb 29, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      The draft (like Cousins) will sort itself out. The Redskins are desperate for D-line and there is apparently a boatload of D-line talent in the draft. Right now the top prospects are getting poked and prodded and running in their pajamas. Then there will be the pro days, the personal visits to the team, the multitude of mock drafts and the rising and falling of guys’ stock. Meanwhile (much sooner), free agency will start and it will also have an affect on how the draft shapes out. Perhaps an even profound affect. Until then, I have no clue who will become the next Randy Gregory (top five talent in February who gets picked in the second – such a steal – in April, who does very little in his rookie year, and then gets suspended for the first four game of his second season.) If I had to bet, I’d put my $ on the guy who spells his name with an Nd..

  11. goback2rfk - Feb 29, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Transition Tag. No other team is going to bet big on Cousins. Worst case scenario we match a 17 mil a year deal. Either way, I might take rg3 and 2 first round picks over Cousins anyway. I say let him walk.

    • hail74 - Feb 29, 2016 at 9:43 PM

      I’d rather trade rg3 for those two first round picks and keep cousins at 20 mil. Neither will happen tho since no one is trading anything for rg3 and you don’t get any compensation for a transition tag.

    • John - Mar 1, 2016 at 11:44 AM

      A team like the Rams who have cleared space and have picks and don’t have a QB could make a move by making a rediculous offer by forcing us to sign but blow our cap.
      Their not letting him walk.

  12. ajbus1 - Mar 1, 2016 at 2:00 AM

    Tag. Four year, 82 mill with 40 mill guaranteed by July.

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