Washington will consider placing franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

Quarterback Kirk Cousins has said that he wants to go to a team that can win. Would he view the Browns as having that potential

Washington, meanwhile, faced the prospect of using a franchise tag on Cousins for a third time - to the tune of more than $34 million fully guaranteed for one year - re-sign him to a long-term deal or let him hit the open market, where he could draw the biggest contract in National Football League history.

The window to designate franchise players opens on February 20.

The Redskins tagging Cousins again, however, carries with it major risk.

If the Redskins do franchise Cousins, the two sides could end up in a "game of chicken" as Cousins could make life hard for the Redskins.

If the Redskins placed the tag on Cousins it would mean that they are on the hook or $34 million.

Washington's surprise trade agreement for Alex Smith caught everyone off guard, including Kirk Cousins.

Sure, they could. They have two second-round picks this year (37th and 49th).

Cousins could also agree to the franchise tag, but then make it very hard for another team to trade for him - either by making exorbitant extensions demands or flat-out saying he won't play there beyond 2018.

Cousins' salary would be worth approximately $34.5 million for 2018 if Washington does place the franchise tag on him, according to ESPN, and a trade would be complicated.

Meaning, Cousins may not end up being the league's top free agent after all, which would be big news to teams like the Jets, Broncos, Cardinals, Browns, Bills, Jaguars and Vikings, who are in search of a solid quarterback. This would allow the Redskins to receive compensation for Cousins. This, in theory, would dampen the potential haul the Redskins could get for Cousins, as a team would most likely trade for Cousins with the intention of working out a longer deal.

Hopefully, Graziano's bold prediction comes to fruition since it would make a plethora of Jets fans happy knowing they are getting a Pro Bowl quarterback ready to make some serious noise in the city that never sleeps. "I haven't had a chance to pick where I wanted to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State". If Washington just lets him go, they would probably get a third-round compensatory selection in the 2019 draft. So maybe he wouldn't delay signing the tag's tender.

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