NFL News: Washington Redskins, Kirk Cousins agrees on franchise tag

The Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins have reached an agreement on putting the quarterback on franchise tender worth $19 million. By placing Cousins on franchise tender, he is locked for a one-year contract and could look for other teams that could match or even go beyond the said offer.

Cousins signed a four-year deal with the Redskins back in 2012 worth $2.5 million after he was drafted as backup if Robert Griffin III would get injured. He was selected 102nd during the overall pick and was the Redskins seventh pick in the fourth round. If no team matches the offer, then Cousins could be one of the riches quarterbacks for the next season.

At the team’s website, Stephen Czarda reported that the Redskins and Cousins had been working on a long-term deal and with the deadline set on Monday, the team did not want Cousins slip their grasps to free agency, thus offering him a one-year contract.

With the tender, Cousins gets to take part in all offseason activities of the team, including workouts that will start next month.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that Cousins have grown into the system that he implemented with the team and has shown progress for a backup quarterback. Thus, with the signing Cousins replaces Griffin in the starting line-up next season.

“The more he gets in the same system, the better he’s going to be. He’s already showing progress at a fast rate, for a young quarterback in a system for the first time,” Gruden said.

Cousins last season set several single-season franchise records, as he passed for 4,166 yards while completing 379 of his 543 passing attempts.

Since being drafted by the Redskins, Cousins also capped awards to himself being named as PFWA Most Improved Co-Player of the Year, NFL completion percentage leader, two-time NFC Offensive Player of the Week, NFC Offensive Player of the Month, NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week, FedEx Clutch Player of the Week and 65th “Perfect Game” in NFL history.

In the NFL, the franchise tag is a designation a team may apply to a player scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. The tag binds the player to the team for one year if certain conditions are met. Each team only has one franchise tag (of either the exclusive or non-exclusive forms) and one transition tag per year.

The transition tag can only be used if the team does not use a franchise tag. As a result, each team may only designate one player each year as that team’s franchise player using one of the three tag options.

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