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Report: Kirk Cousins says he will play for 49ers, whether this year or next

Report: Kirk Cousins says he will play for 49ers, whether this year or next

The Redskins placed an exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins and reportedly rebuffed his request for a trade, but the team's stance doesn't seem to have swayed him from getting out. 

According to a report from Eric Galko of Sporting News, Cousins has told at least one person that he will be a San Francisco 49er, whether that happens this year or next year when he becomes a free agent. 

Cousins has been linked to the 49ers since the team hired Kyle Shanahan as head coach. Shanahan was formerly his offensive coordinator in Washington and will bring an offense suited to Cousins to San Francisco. 

Galko's report is the latest to indicate that Cousins wants a reunion with his old coach. 

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The Michigan State alum has two potential paths out west: The Redskins could trade him this year, which they've reportedly resisted, or he could wait until he becomes a free agent in 2018 to sign with the 49ers. 

The steady drip of reports about Cousins' standoff with the Redskins should be viewed in the context of the larger negotiation. Both sides will try to leverage the media coverage in contract or trade talks. 

By signaling that he will walk in free agency, the Cousins camp can apply pressure on the Redskins to trade him now, thus getting something in return, rather than force him to play one more year and get nothing when he leaves. 

Washington, for its part, has taken the stance that it won't move Cousins.

That position tells potential suitors that only an extraordinary offer could pry him out of Washington. And it just so happens that San Francisco has an extraordinary asset: The No. 2 overall draft pick. 

At most, this latest report tells us Cousins still hopes to force a trade to the 49ers this offseason. But at least, it says Cousins will play out his 2017 contract dissatisfied with the Redskins and biding his time to leave. 

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Need to Know: Some amazing Redskins numbers vs. the Raiders

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Need to Know: Some amazing Redskins numbers vs. the Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 25, seven days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3:00

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 28
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 34

Redskins vs. Raiders by the numbers

—The Redskins outgained the Raiders 472 yards to 128. The 344-yard differential was the largest for the Redskins since they had a 385-yard advantage over Bears in 1974.

—The Raiders were 0-11 on third down. It was the first time the Redskins allowed no third-down conversions since a game against Dallas in 2007.

—The Raiders’ 128 yards were the fewest the Redskins have allowed in a game since they also allowed 128 to the Broncos in 1992. This marked the fifth time since the merger that the Redskins have held an opponent to 128 yards or fewer.

—Chris Thompson had 150 yards receiving. That shattered his former personal best of 57 yards in a game. Going back to at least 1960, no Redskins running back has gained more receiving yards in a game.

—Thompson added 31 yards rushing. His 181 yards of offense easily beat the Raiders’ total offense of 128 by itself.

—Josh Doctson's first catch of the season was good for 52 yards and a touchdown. 

—The Redskins now have at least one sack in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFC and the second-longest in the NFL (Bengals, 32).

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