Cousins officially signs Redskins' contract tender

The QB put pen to paper and officially guaranteed himself nearly $20 million for the 2016 season.

First we needed the offer. Check. Up next, the signature. Done.

Early Thursday morning, Kirk Cousins officially signed the franchise tag tender from the Redskins. Washington announced the tag before Monday's 4 p.m. deadline.

And with that, Cousins' salary for the 2016 season is guaranteed for $19,953 million. As a reminder, he made $660,000 last season.

The two sides can still work on negotiating a long-term contract through July 15 or he plays 2016 on the Franchise tag. Ideally for 2016 salary cap purposes, a multiyear deal comes together so the Redskins can reduce his number for this season by spreading the guaranteed money over multiple seasons.

With the John Hancock in place, there will be no holdout as Cousins is required to attend the various mandatory workouts, including July's training camp. He can workout at Redskins Park, etc. Also, there will be no negotiating with other teams.

Washington didn't want to risk another team offering Cousins a "Godfather" offer the QB couldn't refuse, thus putting the team in a position in which they must possibly match cap-unfriendly terms or decline and lose him without compensation. Thus, they offered the non-exclusve franchie tag, which made it unlikely another team would get involved and if so, the Redskins would receive two first-round picks if Cousins left. Also factor in the team didn't have another clear QB plan, Cousins's breakout 2015 season and the lack of viable free agent options for a league lacking viable quarterback options.

Cousins gets to moving forward with the 2016 season. He protects himself in case of injury. 

Seems simple enough, right?

I'll admit contract law and salary cap management were not part of my college education, but not sure I grasp this hot take. Feel free to explain away in the forums or at @breakburgundy on Twitter. Cousins signing immediately doesn't mean other teams weren't interested. It doesn't change the facts about possibly the team getting stuck in a bad position as mentioned above. 

Anyway, this parrt of the contract saga is over. What's next...

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