ESPN's Adam Schefter called into Washington's ESPN 980 radio Wednesday, one day after reporting that the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins broke off contract negotiations and that the team might not use the franchise tag on the free agent quarterback. In his attempt to clarify, Schefter also opened up the possibility that Robert Griffin III's time in Ashburn might not be done just yet.
Let's start with Cousins. Schefter staed emphatically that the two sides were talking in a "How are you" kind of way, but not negotiating. Furthermore, he said there would not be a long-term contract anytime soon and that the lack of negotiating shows real difference of opinion in Cousins' value.
Washington must place the franchise tag on Cousins by March 1. The logical move has the Redskins doing just that especially since their guy is the number one free agent quarterback. In that case, Cousins would receive around $20 million for next season.
Schefter estimated Cousins would receive a multi-year deal in the $18-20 million range if allowed to test free agency.
ESPN 980 host Kevin Sheehan, incredulous that the Redskins would consider letting Cousins sniff the open market considering how many teams need quarterbacks, then asked about the only QB actually on the roster.
The Redskins are expected to release Griffin, who didn't play last season and is due $16.5 million in 2016.
Though Schefter leaned toward a likely release, he wasn't ready to go all the way.
After all that Griffin and the team went through over the last year, it's almost impossible imagining he could return. The Redskins have until March 9 to cut ties. Of course, it's no secret that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has been a Griffin supporter. Does that mean RG3 could be in DC for another year if Cousins somehow leaves?
Again, odds seem highly against. But just in case, get your popcorn ready.
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