By Annie Ross
At least one team in the NFC East has decided to use the franchise tag to retain the services of their quarterback.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported today that the Washington Redskins will use their non-exclusive franchise tag on Kirk Cousins.
The designation acts as a one-year, $19.95 million contract for the quarterback.
Rapoport had reported last week that the Redskins had considered using the transition tag on Cousins, which would have potentially lowered his annual value but also left the team open to another team making an aggressive play on the passer.
Instead, the Redskins take the safer, albeit much more expensive, route. We’ll have more on this shortly.
The non-exclusive franchise tag allows the player can negotiate with other teams. The player’s current team has the right to match any offer, or receive two first-round picks as compensation.