Unfortunately for Cousins, that possibility seems remote considering he had the exclusive-rights franchise tag placed on him in early March.
Unhappy with the situation in Washington, Cousins reportedly still plans on signing his franchise tag tender here soon.
#Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will sign his franchise tag soon, source said. He’s a good soldier, knows he’s likely not going anywhere.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2017
In no way is this an indication that the Pro Bowler will be back with the Redskins next season. A lot can happen between now and the start of the 2017 season. A trade to San Francisco still remains possible. But it’s a clear indication that Cousins views that as a long shot right now.
If he does indeed play under the franchise tag next season, Cousins will earn nearly $25 million in cold hard cash. Following that, he will likely be free to sign wherever he wants in March of 2018.