The Redskins haven't had talks with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. The risk with this strategy is clear.
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How much does a franchise tag cost? What are the types of tags? Can a tag be rescinded? Kevin Seifert clears up the confusion for the 2017 offseason.
Ex-NFL executive Joe Banner said Kirk Cousins would be in control in contract talks, being a rare find on the open market -- a quality QB in his 20s.
Where will free agency take DeSean Jackson? There has been a lot of speculation about a possible return to Philadelphia.
ESPN NFL Insider Phil Savage weighs in on how Cam Newton and Kirk Cousins compare, Jimmy Garoppolo's value and Alabama's hiring of Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator.
SEC Network's Jordan Rodgers shares his thoughts on how Kirk Cousins compares to Cam Newton and whether Cousins is a better quarterback than Alex Smith.
DeSean Jackson, just weeks away from free agency, said returning to the Eagles would make for a "great story," but if he were to leave the Redskins, he ultimately wants to play with a "great" QB.
Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo discusses potential trade rumors and if he'd rather stay in New England until Brady retires or go somewhere else to be the starter. Plus, Redskins free agent WR DeSean Jackson on what he's looking for in a team and if he'd welcome a return to Philly.
Savage: Franchise tag predictions
This afternoon on NFL Insiders, ESPN Front Office Insider Phil Savage named five players almost assured to get a franchise tag before the March 1 deadline. All but one of the five would be getting the tag for the first time.
The figure the Redskins really need to pay attention to regarding Kirk Cousins' future contract isn't the salary, but how much space it takes up.
Dalvin Cook would bring some intriguing skills to Washington's offense, but there are risks to weigh in drafting the running back.
Herm Edwards joins Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ to explain where the Redskins sit with Kirk Cousins, the value of Jimmy Garoppolo, the Jets' quarterback options and Darrelle Revis' situation.
Clinton Yates of The Morning Roast and The Undefeated joins Bomani to talk NBA ASG and the Redskins going after Tony Romo
If the Redskins do sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal, they can't blame any future mishaps on his contract limiting their ability to improve.
Cousins would enter elite group
Kirk Cousins would be the first QB to be franchise tagged in consecutive seasons if the Redskins elect to do that again. The others who've been tagged twice overall in their careers are fairly recognizable.
The Redskins, who have 13 unrestricted free agents, want to maintain salary-cap flexibility as they seek a long-term deal with QB Kirk Cousins.
Cousins holds the leverage, so any long-term deal will require the Redskins giving in rather than vice versa.
Kiper projects the Redskins to take the best available player, FSU running back Dalvin Cook, with the No. 17 pick in April's NFL draft.
Instant replay for Cousins and tag?
Kirk Cousins could land the Redskins' franchise tag for the second straight year, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. The period for declaring those players will begin on Wednesday.
Will the Redskins apply the franchise tag to keep Kirk Cousins? The QB's future in Washington could come into focus during the next two weeks.