Report: Redskins, Cousins contract talks 'broken off'

More reporting on contract negotiations between Washington and its starting QB leads to more questions about where this ends.

One day after a report suggested the Washington Redskins and free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins were nowhere close on a new contract comes an even more ominous update.

ESPN NFL Insider dropped the following information bomb Tuesday afternoon.

Contract talks are about a long-term and cap friendly deal. As a reminder, the Redskins can keep Cousins from truly entering free agency by using the franchise tag. That means the QB would receive around $20 million for a one-year deal, but without any security beyond that. That also means the Redskins would have a quarterback for next year, but that price could hamper their ability to make other moves. 

Washington has until March 1 to franchise Cousins, which time remains for the two sides to work out a deal.

Of course, CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reported over the weekend that according to sources "Cousins and the Washington Redskins were nowhere close to a new deal coming out of the Senior Bowl.

The Redskins still have Robert Griffin III under contract, but they are expected to release the former starter before March 9.

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