Redskins, Cousins Headed Toward Expensive Contract Deadline

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Washington still could make a last-minute push to try to get a deal done by the Monday deadline; however, Cousins fully intends to play this season under his franchise tag, worth $23.9 million in 2017.

Don't expect Kirk Cousins to have a long-term contract signed with the Redskins by the NFL's franchise deadline at 4 p.m. ET Monday.

Cousins has established himself as the Redskins' all-time leader in many QB statistical categories but, in the eyes of the front office, he may not have done enough to be paid long-term as one of the top signal-callers in the NFL.

Regardless of all these rumors, there is one thing we can all agree on - Cousins' 2017 season is absolutely pivotal.

The 49ers hired former Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in the offseason (courtesy of the Mercury News).

Jay Gruden talks with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley may be solid stopgaps as they decide their direction, but they aren't the future.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old Cousins was originally selected by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Michigan State.

For his National Football League career, Cousins has produced more than 12,000 passing yards alongside 72 touchdowns while making 46 regular-season appearances.

But that scenario would be nearly unheard of, given the price tag. At almost $24 million in guaranteed salary, he will be paid handsomely.

While Cousins has played well, at times he has been inconsistent. If that's the case, they're going to be at a disadvantage if the 49ers do decide to pursue him. The Redskins would then have one week to duplicate the offer he would receive elsewhere.

Obviously nothing is certain in this situation.

This should surprise nobody, but the disaster that is the Redskins front office has bungled the handling of QB Kirk Cousins, and he's nearly certainly a goner next offseason.