Redskins QB Kirk Cousins signs franchise tender

Posted at 9:47 AM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 09:47:24-05

Landover, Md. – Kirk Cousins signed his franchise tender with the Washington Redskins on Thursday morning.

Cousins tweeted out a photo of him signing the deal, saying “I’m told this is the final step in making it officially official. I am back with the Redskins for 2016! Thrilled for the opportunity! Let’s get to work!”

The Redskins and Cousins had been trying to work out a long-term deal to keep him with the team for the 2016 season and beyond.

By signing his tender, Cousins will be able to participate in all offseason team activities and workouts, which will start up in April.

Cousins last season set several single-season franchise records, as he passed for 4,166 yards while completing 379 of his 543 passing attempts.

Having the entire offseason as the starting quarterback will be new to Cousins, as he was solidly the backup quarterback behind Robert Griffin III for each of his first four offseasons in the NFL.

Now the Redskins must look for a capable backup for Cousins.