The man responsible for twice laying the franchise tag on Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no longer with the team, but that doesn’t mean his opinion of the QB has changed.
McCloughan added that when he first tagged Cousins in 2016, Washington was “building a roster around him to make him special.” While Cousins is “talented” and he “works his tail off”, McCloughan warned that for Cousins to succeed, a team needs more than just the signal-caller.
Cousins has been tagged for the past two seasons, both times by McCloughan, at a cost of nearly $44 million.
If Washington was to tag Cousins for a third time this offseason, the price tag would be nearly $35 million.
Naturally, the debate leading up to the March 6 franchise tag deadline is whether Cousins is worth it, or more accurately what is Cousins worth in this market, given Washington’s miscalculation years back? McCloughan didn’t outright say what his former club should do with Cousins, but intimated that the QB will be prepared whether Washington attempts to tag him again or not.