If not for the Cowboys 10-1 start, 6-4-1 Washington could consider what they’ve done so far enough to battle for the NFC East crown. But at 3.5 games back with 5 to play, and two teams ahead of them in the division, if there’s any chance at making the playoffs, it will come by way of a wild card berth.
But the offense has looked good at certain times this year. That has a lot to do with QB Kirk Cousins. If you recall, after a decent 2015 campaign, Kirk was looking for a longterm deal last summer. Such wasn’t the case with him, as Washington placed the franchise tag on him. The same may also be the case once again next summer, per Jason Cole at Bleacher Report.
Insider Buzz: Franchise Tag Likely for Cousins, May Wait on Long-term Deal https://t.co/3gTd1MtaHR
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) November 28, 2016
Cousins is being paid a guaranteed $19.95 million in 2016 under the franchise tag. This season he has thrown for 3,540 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The franchise quarterback tag for the 2017 season will be $23,943,600, but sources say the team knows it cannot afford to let Cousins walk and he is expected back in Washington — either with a long-term extension or a one-year tag.