Kirk Cousins Would Only Accept Trade To 49ers

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The Redskins could still trade the quarterback.

According to the Washington Post's Mark Maske, a trade sending Redskins franchise player Kirk Cousins to San Francisco "remains in play" despite Cousins' exclusive-rights tag. For an explanation of the different types of franchise tag, NFL.com has a handy breakdown here. The exclusive tag is self explanatory.

If he has another outstanding year and plays it out on the tag, then we can expect Cousins to hit the open market in 2018, when he'll likely challenge the record for biggest contract in National Football League history.

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Now, this could all be a ploy by Cousins to gain leverage in contract negotiations.

If Washington allows Cousins to walk, the franchise will lose a very effective quarterback and receive nothing in return.

ESPN's John Keim reported on Monday that the 49ers are the only team Cousins is willing to sign a long-term deal with at the moment, and that includes Washington. Shanahan is a detail-oriented coach, which meshes well with Cousins. If that happened, they would have been guaranteed at least two first round picks in exchange. So if there's no trade partner to his liking, Cousins can stay for another year and hope something changes in the Redskins' thinking - or he hits the open market and chooses his team. He does not carry enough value to charge two first round picks, even with a bidding war.

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One reporter expects the 49ers to "push hard" to get Cousins. They want Cousins to be their quarterback. Cousins' agent Mike McCartney confirmed the news.

Using the exclusive versus the non-exclusive tag, the Redskins have retained a measure of control that they did not have before. If they can not, then I would expect Cousins to be the next starting quarterbacks for the 49ers. In the coming months, this will continue to be the biggest storyline for the Redskins.

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