Ben Standig

Day In Redskins Free Agency: Vernon Davis Stays; Kirk Cousins Wants Out?

The Redskins keep one receiving threat, but who will be throwing Vernon Davis the ball?

Here's all that went down in Washington Redskins news on Tuesday, the first day where free agency talks with other team's players can truly begin. Contracts with outside free agents can be signed starting Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

Kirk Cousins Watch -- The Redskins placed the franchise tag on their starting quarterback, again, but pen hasn't been put to paper yet by Cousins, who rushed to sign last year's tag. Don't assume signing the document is just buried on his to-do list under "buy light bulbs" and "give the dog a bath." Something's going on. Does that mean Cousins is going away? NFL Network report Mike Silver thinks yes

“However, when it comes to the quarterback position, I believe Kirk Cousins wants to be in San Francisco, I believe that Kyle Shanahan, who has been very, very high on Kirk Cousins since he was the offensive coordinator in Washington when they drafted Cousins, I believe that marriage wants to happen on both ends,” Silver explained. 

“It’s an expensive marriage and we’ll see in terms of trade compensation that would take to get him, maybe something that happens in a year. But if I had to make a guess one way or another at this early stage, I would say it’s more likely than not that Kirk Cousins ends up being the 49ers quarterback.”

The Redskins can just sit back and wait Cousins out if they want, even though that could mean the QB doesn't show up for training camp and preseason games. Washington could also decide if there's no long-term deal to be had, it makes sense trading Cousins sooner than later -- at least before the NFL Draft (April 27-29) -- rather than lose him as a free agent 2018 for no compensation assuming there's no third franchise tag.

At this moment my personal take is Silver's right about where Cousins wants to play. As for the Redskins, you can bet Gruden wants to keep his quarterback after working successfully together the past two seasons. I also said a few weeks back that if the Redskins ultimately decide they're down with a trade, it makes sense to give Gruden an extension assuming they believe in his offensive system, coaching. No Cousins likely means a dip in record next season, but the extension allows Gruden peace of mind knowing he'll have time to retool. 

Again, the Redskins don't have to deal Cousins. Team president Bruce Allen told Breaking Burgundy at the NFL Combine that they'll get a contract done with Cousins this time. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that there's no truth to a deal with San Francisco being deep in the Red-Zone. We'll see.

Vernon Davis Re-Signs -- The Redskins might not be keeping some of their potent wide receivers around, but they did manage to bring back a surprising viable pass catching threat from last season. Davis, 33, announced late night via his snapchat account that he'd signed a three-year contract with Washington. The Redskins announced the signing Wednesday, though no terms were revealed. 

Davis had 44 receptions for 583 yards with two touchdowns last season, his first with the Redskins and 11th in the NFL. Nobody knew for sure what the former Pro Bowler would give Washington seeing as those glory days were not so recent, but the Washington, D.C. native exceed expectations. He provides head coach Jay Gruden's offense with a viable two-TE setup in passing downs and insurance behind starter Jordan Reed, who has dealt with injuries throughout his career.


What's key now is the following: The contractual/financial breakdown of those three years -- The Washington Post reported $15 million -- and, in terms of the receiving options overall, what's next seeing as free agent wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson are not expected back.

* Rumor Mill -- Buffalo wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, Kansas City nose tackle Dontari Poe and Baltimore defensive lineman Lawrence Guy are among the free agents receiving some early interest from the Redskins based on reports over the last 24 hours. Arizona's Calais Campbell, considered the best DL option and a top-5 overall free agent, has previously been mentioned as a consideration if the Redskins want to seriously spend, which is something they didn't do last season.

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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