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Redskins' Kirk Cousins: Multi-year contract unlikely before March 1
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Cousins and the Redskins aren't expected to reach terms of a multi-year contract prior to the franchise tag deadline on March 1, The Washington Post reports.

For the second consecutive offseason, the Redskins are expected to use their franchise tag on Cousins, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, which would be accompanied by a cap commitment of $23.94 million for the 2017 campaign. Holding leverage over the organization due to a lack of QB talent on their roster, no equivalent options on the upcoming free-agent market, and an underwhelming draft class, Cousins has significant leverage in contract negotiations once the tender is signed. The parties will still have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a long-term deal, with Cousins' representation potentially being able to gauge his value against Tony Romo and Jay Cutler, among other signal-callers, if and when they're in new uniforms.

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Redskins' Kirk Cousins: Contract talks looming
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Team president Bruce Allen said Tuesday that the Redskins will do everything in their power to keep Cousins, an unrestricted free agent, in Washington next season and beyond, Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post reports. "Kirk's our quarterback," Allen reiterated. "He played well the last two years, and I know there's other speculation, but it doesn't come from the Redskins."

After he broke out in 2015, there was similar talk last offseason from Washington's brass about Cousins being "our long-term quarterback," but ultimately the franchise tag was required to ensure he stuck with the only organization he's ever known. While the franchise tag is again an option, the price will be ever steeper, meaning the bottom line will likely guide the Redskins' thinking this time around. As one of three quarterbacks to surpass the 4,900-yard threshold in 2016, Cousins' potential salary can be expected to carve out a large portion of the team's available cap.

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Redskins' Kirk Cousins: Two interceptions in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cousins completed 22 of 35 passes for 287 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions in Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Giants.

Cousins threw two critical interceptions to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the loss. The first came late in the third quarter, as the Maurice Harris slipped on a route, resulting in the turnover inside the Giants' ten yard line. Then, with the game and Washington's playoff hopes on the line late in the fourth quarter, Cousins threw his second interception on the Giants' 25-yard line, ending the potential game winning drive. His lone touchdown pass was a one-yard strike to Jordan Reed. His season ends with 4917 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. However, it was a rather disappointing finish to Cousins' campaign, as he has thrown five touchdowns and five interceptions since Week 13, never breaking 315 passing yards in a game during the process. Those numbers do not bode well for the fact that the second-year starter is slated to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, leaving his future with the franchise in question for the time being.

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Redskins' Kirk Cousins: Three touchdowns in win
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Cousins completed 19 of 29 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown while rushing the ball five times for 30 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 41-21 win over the Bears.

Cousins emerged as a dual-threat quarterback in Washington's most important game of the season thus far, keeping its playoff hopes alive for at least the moment. Just before the half, the quarterback scrambled into the end zone from nine yards out and then punched in a one-yard carry toward the end of the third to secure a Redskins' victory. After a below-average performance in Monday's loss to the Panthers, Cousins redeemed himself in the passing game Sunday, connecting with eight different wideouts on several big plays. His lone touchdown pass came late in the first quarter when he found Chris Thompson on a dump-off pass from 17 yards out. It's the first time in the last four games that Cousins did not commit a turnover. He'll now shift his focus to the season-finale matchup with the Giants, whom he played well against in the first meeting this season, passing for 296 yards and two touchdowns.

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Redskins' Kirk Cousins: Commits two turnovers in loss
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Cousins completed 32 of 47 passes for 315 yards and an interception, while rushing twice for 11 yards and losing a fumble in Monday night's loss to the Panthers.

Cousins actually led the Redskins in rushing yards, evidencing just how reliant Washington was forced to become on passing over the course of Monday's contest. In throwing 47 times, Cousins was able to top the 300-yard mark for the seventh time this season, but the Redskins have surprisingly won just one of those games thus far. Besides his team losing for the third time in its last our outings, the fact that Cousins turned the ball over twice and didn't account for a touchdown while facing the league's last-ranked passing defense didn't help his fantasy stock, either. Cousins will look to rebound with an improved performance Saturday against the Bears.

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