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Redskins use non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 16:18:09-05

After negotiations between quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins failed, the team has decided to use the non-exclusive franchise tag.

According to CBS News, this means if a long-term agreement is not reached, then Cousins will play for $19.953 million in 2016 but he could be up for free agency next March.

His lawyer can negotiate offers from other teams and the Redskins have a chance to match it.

If they choose not to do so, then the signing team has to give them two first-round draft picks as compensation.

An agreement could be reached between now and July 15th.

If the two can’t reach a deal, then the only other option is for Cousins to hold out of training camp.

To read more about this decision, click here.