The Redskins placed the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins on Tuesday afternoon, a little more than 24 hours before the tag deadline.
The move wasn't much of a surprise, and the gifted passer had a funny reaction via Twitter.
Only Cousins could have responded like this.
Tag! I'm it!— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) February 28, 2017
Washington deployed the exclusive franchise tag on Cousins this year, a change from 2016 when the team used the non-exclusive tag on their QB.
The exclusive tag still allows for the team to potentially work out a trade for Cousins, but it does make the move less likely.
Cousins has repeatedly said that he is fine with the tag and views it as the organization wanting his services. He should be happy with the tag, it means a guaranteed $24 million salary for 2017, on top of the nearly $20 million he made in 2016.
Most expect Cousins to sign the tag and sign it quickly. That does not preclude the organization from working on a long-term deal; the two sides have until July 15th to work on a multi-year contract.
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