It's believed that to have a chance of signing Cousins, the Redskins would have to offer him a deal with an annual salary of around $28 million and roughly $52 million to $58 million guaranteed at signing and another $30 million to $35 million for the remaining three years.
In a video posted on Washington's website, team President Bruce Allen said that team offered Cousins the largest guaranteed contract for a quarterback in National Football League history at $53 million but the team had not received any offer from Cousins' agent this year. "I think that there is still a lot of hope that next offseason, when the season ends, the Redskins are going to have, I think about two months where to be the exclusive team that I can talk with".
If no deal is reached, the team has the option to use a third franchise tag on the quarterback next year or use a transition tag, which would allow the franchise to match an offer from another team.
Should Cousins reach free agency, even with a down year, there are enough quarterback-starved teams to create a market that could pay him $100 million in guarantees, according to former sports agent Joel Corry. Despite going into his 15th season with Washington, he has taken pains to document his thoughts and those of colleagues to share later. The Redskins play in a tough division with two returning playoff teams that are both superior to them personnel-wise and, I'd argue, coaching wise too. Let's get through this season first!
Cousins will make $23.9 million on the franchise tag in 2017. One very important job is holding the keys to the Redskins' future as he deals with Cousins. Carr has also not won a playoff game, but has played only three pro seasons, Cousins will head into his sixth National Football League campaign and was a backup to Robert Griffin III to start his career.
"The franchise tag rule has made this negotiation challenging from the jump", Cousins said.
If Cousins puts up similar numbers to this season, he'll be in position to sign an even richer deal next offseason, including potentially getting a fully-guaranteed contract if that's something he wants to pursue. Last year, the Redskins weren't ready to commit to Cousins at a certain price. The Redskins continue to get egg on their face whenever there's news on Cousins and his contract dealings with the team.
Cousins is entering his sixth season with the Redskins and third as the team's starting quarterback after originally being selected in the fourth round (102 overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft.
These numbers show that the Redskins and Cousins are still further apart in negotiations than many would like.
After Redskins president Bruce Allen made a statement yesterday, Cousins took the high road, saying it did not irritate him. It's one reason multiple sources say Cousins would be open to signing a long-term deal in Washington after the season.
Kirk Cousins is under contract be the Redskins quarterback in 2017. If he can get through the next two seasons without suffering a major injury, he stands to make a hell of a lot more money as a free agent in 2019.
"I've been called Kurt my entire life", Cousins said. That's something that Cousins and Washington seem to disagree on.
Bell, 25, ran for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns and caught another 75 passes in 12 games for Pittsburgh in 2016.
"I would love to be with the Redskins long term", he said.