With one week to sign franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins to a contract extension, the prospects of a deal getting done in Washington are looking bleak.
Cousins is looking at player another season under the franchise-tag without a long-term deal in place, the deadline is in one week, on Monday July 17th at 4 pm ET. There are quite a few reasons why a deal probably won't get done before the clock tolls four times on that Monday afternoon.
All of that being said, things are shifting in Washington. The Redskins continue to search for their new General Manager, and who they bring in and their vision for the team will likely have as much to do with Cousins fate as any other factor.
Doug Williams, recently promoted to senior vice president of personnel for the Redskins, is quoted as saying he wanted to keep Cousins "in the worst way."
There is another option, but it's not any more palatable for the Redskins. If they could technically place the franchise tag on him for a third season, but that would cost them at least $34 million next season, assuming Cousins is interested in playing ball with the team on another 1-year extension.
Nothing in Washington is set in stone at this point, but at the moment it looks like it could be Cousins last season playing for the Redskins.
Source: John Keim - ESPN · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS