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It's Official: Redskins Tag Kirk Cousins

The Redskins beat Wednesday's deadline by placing the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, ensuring his services for at least one more season.

Here we go.

The Washington Redskins have officially played the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins one day before the league deadline, the team announced Tuesday. Cousins who is expected to sign the tag, becomes the first quarterback in NFL history given the franchise tag in consecutive years.

Both sides can negotiate a long-term deal by July 15 -- something all involved could not do last year -- or Cousins plays the 2017 season on a one-year, $23.94 million contract. The "exclusive" tag means Cousins cannot negotiate with other teams, but Washington can work out a trade.

In his second full season as starter, Cousins finished with 4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a passer rating of 97.2. The 2012 fourth-round pick was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November, set several team records including attempts (606) and completions (404). He also struggled in the regular season finale against the New York Giants as a Washington loss denied the Redskins their second straight playoff berth. 

For his career, Cousins has appeared in 46 regular season games with 41 starts, completing 1,025-of-1,556 pass attempts for 12,113 yards with 72 touchdowns and 42 interceptions.

Now what: Honestly, who knows. The Redskins front office situation is certainly confusing at the moment seeing as general manager Scot McCloughan hasn't been made available since the season ended. We also don't know if Cousins truly wants to stay with the Redskins beyond this season especially since coach Jay Gruden is entering his likely win-or-else season. The NFL Combine kicks off Wednesday in Indianapolis, but no member of the organization is scheduled to speak.

Hang on and pack a lunch. This could get resolved quickly -- hello, San Francisco's Kyle Shanahan -- or not at all.

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