Kirk Cousins Open To Long-Term Deal With Washington In 2018

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The 49ers' quarterback of the future literally won't be a 49er until the future, though the clock on that is about to really start ticking.

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.

The NFL's deadline for franchise-tag players to agree to long-term contracts is at 4 p.m. Monday.

It appears that the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins will be doing the contract negotiation dance again next offseason. Shanahan used to be the offensive coordinator in Washington when Cousins broke into the league. There is no indication that things would change in a few more months either.

The two sides have been negotiating throughout the offseason but made little progress. Matt Barkley was signed as the No. 2-for-this-year, but he's realistically a No. 3 on any team with QB depth.

By the way, the 49ers don't even have to try that hard to know what's going on with the Cousins-Washington talks: He is represented by Priority Sports, the firm that also happens to represent...

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You might ask, is Cousins, at 28 years, worth all this?

The deadline is by no means the end of the Kirk Cousins saga. That's a nice pay raise for the veteran quarterback, but it's not exactly what he wanted when it came to contract negotiations with the franchise. He's probably not gonna want to take much less than that, at least on a one-year deal. This would be a significant step towards Cousins' potential path to free agency next spring.

If the team can't get Cousins to sign, he will play for the team on under a franchise tag for the second straight season, costing the team $23.94 million.

That is, if Cousins doesn't land a long-term deal with Washington on Monday.

Granted, there are those who would welcome Cousins into the Niners ranks in 2018.

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