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Redskins ‘don’t anticipate’ using a franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

One of the most sought-after players expected to hit the open market during the NFL offseason is quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins. Cousins will have a number of suitors once he becomes a free agent, but the Redskins could make things difficult by placing a franchise tag on him which would force a trade.

According to ESPN’s John Keim, the Redskins do not plan on franchise tagging Cousins for what would be the third year in a row.

The Washington Redskins don’t anticipate using the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said Wednesday that he doesn’t think they would try to tag Cousins for a third straight season. The idea, if they did, would be to then trade Cousins, hoping to get more than just the possible compensatory pick they would receive in 2019 if Cousins signs with another team.

Washington made an interesting move recently to acquire veteran quarterback Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith was rumored to be on his way out of Kansas City with the team drafting Patrick Mahomes II last year. The veteran coming in means the Redskins are already planning for their future without Cousins under center.

As for Cousins’ future, the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings appear to be the favorites to land the 29-year-old quarterback. Both teams have a need for a franchise player at the position and it is widely believed Cousins can fill the need.

Other notable teams potentially showing interest in Cousins once he hits NFL free agency include the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals. All these two could use an upgrade at the quarterback position and may send a lucrative offer Cousins’ way.

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