NFL News: Washington Redskins Being Wise With Franchise Quarterback Kirk Cousins, San Francisco 49ers Still Lurking

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 05/24/17 03:55AM EDT

It looks like the Washington Redskins are in no hurry to sign franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long-term contract. They are even thinking about assigning him the franchise tag once again in 2018. This is something that could lead to him leaving in the future to join the San Francisco 49ers. 

Washington and Cousins have until July 15 to come up with a deal. If nothing happens, he will play under the tag for the second consecutive season and it is unlikely the last time he is going to do it. CSN Mid-Atlantic reported that Redskins team president Bruce Allen was recently asked if tagging the quarterback is an "option" for next year. He had no hesitations and answered, "Yes." 

"In the collective bargaining agreement, we really have one year and an option that we can do at the end of next season if we don't get a contract," Allen added. 

Allen also said Washington wants to give Cousins a multiple-year pact, although using the franchise tag might prove to be an efficient move in the future. A quarterback is crucial to a team's success in the NFL and maybe the Redskins are trying to play it safe. They are choosing the tag instead of a long-term contract that comes with uncertainties. 

The Redskins may be content with how they are dealing with Cousins' contract situation, but there should be caution. If this continues, the 28-year-old may get tired of it and sign with a different team. A report by FanSided suggested that the 49ers will always be there when he decides to leave Washington. 

In San Francisco, Cousins has the chance to reunite with Kyle Shanahan. The present head coach of the 49ers was once the offensive coordinator of the Redskins. 

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