Kirk Cousins has appealed to Redskins for a trade

Mar 10, 2017, 00:34
Kirk Cousins has appealed to Redskins for a trade

Washington could either get compensation now in a swap, remove his $24 million from their 2017 salary cap and start fresh under center with Colt McCoy, a rookie or a free agent (Tony Romo?). He provides head coach Jay Gruden's offense with a viable two-TE setup in passing downs and insurance behind starter Jordan Reed, who has dealt with injuries throughout his career.

It wasn't clear when this request took place. It doesn't seem like Cousins would accept a long-term deal at this point, which leaves a trade as their best and only option. Publicly, Cousins has talked about the importance of continuity, but also has said he wants to go somewhere that he's truly wanted.

Trade speculation hasn't slowed since Cousins was given the exclusive franchise tag on February 28.

And now Washington's quarterback is sure to be unhappy after his personal plea to the owner was denied. But that asking price has been too rich for teams seeking help at the position.

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Cousins might just be trapped in Washington, likely without wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.

Cousins has the team's exclusive franchise tag placed on him February 28, meaning he will be paid about $24 million this season and can not negotiate with another team. The draft selection that might hold the most interest for Redskins fans is the No. 2 overall pick in the entire draft that the 49ers have in their control.

Under the franchise system, the team has until July 15 to sign the native of Barrington, Illinois to a long-term deal. It's the first time in history a team has used the franchise tag twice on the same quarterback. That would put Washington in a bind without their starting QB.