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Why Kirk Cousins won't come to the 49ers in 2018

Why Kirk Cousins won't come to the 49ers in 2018

Cousins will be the first QB in National Football League history to play consecutive seasons under a franchise tag.

This is the second consecutive season that Cousins will play on the tag, which carries a one-year, fully-guaranteed contract. Under that scenario, Cousins would not be able to negotiate with any other team. Or maybe the 49ers would rather try their hand at landing a quarterback in the draft.

There are several factions of Cousins supporters who will not understand the team's rationale if a deal is not done by the deadline.

The Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins will complete their contract dance Monday, though depending on the results, the music may start again in less than six months.

Former Redskins general manager Charlie Casserly believes by not signing a long term contract, Cousins remains in a position of power.




Cousins won over coach Jay Gruden during the preseason of 2015 and the rest is history.

Naturally, this has prompted the idea Cousins hits the free-agent market in 2018 and would likely be one of the highest paid quarterbacks to be targeted. I don't know, that's what negotiations are for, and it's possible Washington's management could come up with more dollars at the last moment. Washington can still use the franchise tag on him again if they choose to do so, but it would cost the Redskins over $34 million dollars.

Within the transition tag is a player option to sign a one-year deal for a 20 percent raise with his original team.

Washington also could transition him for $28,732,320 million, but another team would have the ability to sign him to an offer sheet that Washington would then have seven days to match. The clock is ticking for that negotiation, and if it expires without a new deal, Cousins and the 49ers will be the next ones on the clock for 2018.


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