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Report: Cousins to play under franchise tag in 2017

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 6 days ago Steve DelVecchio
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Kirk Cousins is set to play under the franchise tag for a second consecutive season after he failed to agree to terms with Washington on a long-term contract extension.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the “tone” of the discussions between Cousins and Washington improved in recent months, but ultimately the two sides could not agree on an average annual salary.

Cousins will earn nearly $24 million guaranteed by playing under the franchise tag in 2017. He made $19 million playing under it last season, so he has no problem collecting a total of $43 million over two seasons and then hitting free agency. If he has another 4,000-plus yard passing season, Cousins will be setting himself up for a massive payday.

While one report indicated Cousins would be willing to discuss a deal with Washington next offseason, there’s growing sense of belief that a different NFL team is the favorite to sign him.

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