NFL Minute: Kirk Cousins' free agency effects on Colts offseason

NFL first 11 picks mock draft with the Kirk Cousins factor

Those concerns could scare Washington away from franchise-tagging Cousins. Teams can start handing out franchise tags on February 20. He wouldn't be a free agent and the Redskins couldn't trade him.

Washington sent a third-round draft pick to the Chiefs in that deal. The Redskins would also have more control over where Cousins ends up.

They have to do this in order to get back the compensation they loss in a trade agreement for Alex Smith last week. How might that work?

His performance earned the praises of Broncos players, many of whom believe general manager John Elway will try to acquire a veteran this offseason to turn around their two-year quarterbacking slump. Franchising Coucins would cost Washington $34.5 million. This would eat up almost $50 million of available cap space (between Cousins and Smith).

Tagging Cousins also gives the Redskins some say on where he plays next season, particularly since there are several NFC teams - with the Cardinals near the top of the list - looking for stability at the quarterback position.

We even get to address the QB controversy brought about by the Alex Smith trade, with Fake Trump labeling him "Sneaky Alex". If he doesn't get the team or terms he wants, Cousins could delay things for months, significantly affecting Washington's salary cap. The comp could come by way of trade or if they use the non-exclusive tag, they could receive draft picks.

Meanwhile, if the Jets land Cousins, former Browns quarterback Josh McCown could become available, and would fit the role of a bridge quarterback to start games and mentor a rookie, possibly Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen. He tweeted the tag was "negotiated into CBA for teams to have "intent" to sign players long term". But they're apparently considering it. Buckle up, National Football League fans.

Regarding the latter, there may be no free agent talked about more and pondered over than Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. The team can not complete the trade without him doing so. Could the Jets be in the mix? 33, 35, and 63 in Round 2. Schefter cited league sources in his reporting. All that time, the Redskins would have to carry that cap number.

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