Washington offered Cousins a five-year deal worth approximately $20 million per season earlier in the offseason with "low guarantees", ESPN reported, citing a source.
Cousins' deal, no matter where he signs, is expected to be one of the largest in National Football League history, starting around the record-setting five-year, $125 million contact Raiders signal caller Derek Carr signed earlier this offseason. He's not going to sign anything long-term now. That's the deal Cousins is seeking.
"...the highest fully guaranteed amount upon signing..." That would be a three-year cost of anywhere between $72 million and $79.3 million. Cousins already is the first quarterback to play on the franchise tag for two seasons. By the end of the season, he will have been paid $43.89 million for 2016 and 2017.
Last year, the Redskins offered Cousins roughly $4 million less annually than what McCartney asked, saying they wanted to see the quarterback prove his 4,000-yard 2015 production wasn't a fluke. Which brings us to ...
Where do you predict Cousins will play in 2018? " - "Did we mention that we were the ones who were trying to get this deal done and Kurt Cousins had no interest in playing ball?" The Michigan State University product set franchise records with 4,166 and 4,917 yards the past two seasons.
The transition tag would allow Washington to match any offer Cousins received from another team.
Right now, the 49ers have four quarterbacks on the roster with Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, and rookie C.J. Beathard being the most likely to make the 53-man roster. But Washington decided that they needed another year to evaluate whether or not Cousins was really the long-term solution for the team.
Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March. Cousins is slated to become the first franchise-tagged player ever to hit the free-agent market. This season, he is scheduled to be paid $23.94 million and is eligible to be traded because he signed the tender.
The Player: 25-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers running back. With decisions like that, it's no wonder why the Rams usually suffer.
Now, they can't come to an agreement with a player who could be a star for years in an era when the salary cap continues to rise.
What the future holds: It appears certain Johnson will be with another team in 2018. He will make $24 million for the season.