With Matt Stafford signing his five year, $135 million extension with the Detroit Lions, that sets the new threshold for which the next round of franchise quarterbacks will sign for. You have guys like Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston and in a couple years, Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz that will be set for monster paydays.
One player that is just positively foaming at the mouth right now is Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.
He is playing the 2017 season under the franchise tag (for the second year in a row) which pays him $24 million and if the ‘Skins decide to do it for a third year, it will cost them upwards of $33 million in 2018. They could choose to slap the transition tag on Cousins which would cost them just under $29 million but a team could then sign him to an offer sheet which would then give the ‘Skins a week to match.
So, the ‘Skins have two choices:
- They play tag, either transition or franchise (for the third year in a row) or
- Kirk Cousins becomes the highest paid player in the NFL.
No matter what, Kirk Cousins is about to get PAID!
The Redskins just have to figure out if they are the ones that want to foot the bill.