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Free Agency: What Should the Redskins Do at Quarterback?

February 17, 2016 • Ben Heck • D.C., Free Agency, Front Page, NFC East, Washington Redskins

Former No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Robert Griffin III is set to hit the open market this spring, and there’s a slight chance that Kirk Cousins could join him.

Cousins, Washington’s fourth-round pick in the same draft they selected RGIII, started all 16 games this season and led the Redskins’ to its first playoff appearance since the two signal callers entered the league in ’12. Cousins, 27, put up his best season, tossing for 4,166 yards, 29 touchdowns and led the league with a 69.8 completion percentage.

Given his numbers, and the fact Washington managed to win nine games despite a 2-4 start to the season, you’d think Cousins earned the opportunity to become the franchise’s long-term quarterback. Unfortunately, negotiations between Kirk and the team stalled and were reportedly broken off. And it doesn’t appear the two sides were even really that close to agreeing.

Does it surprise anyone? Of course not, it’s Dan Snyder.

But, with no further contract negotiations currently scheduled, this appears to leave just two options: let Cousins walk in free agency, or place the franchise tag on him for the 2016 season.

Placing the tag on Cousins, which Washington has until Tuesday March 1 to do so, would allow the Skins to keep Cousins for the 2016 season at around $20 million. This would extend Washington’s window for signing the quarterback to a long-term deal (which still seems imminent, if you ask for my personal opinion), as well.

If, however, Cousins hits the open market, there will be plenty of QB-needy teams ready and willing to overpay for the former Michigan State Spartan.

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