The Washington Redskins did not place a franchise tag on Kirk Cousins before the 4 p.m. deadline Tuesday, meaning the quarterback will become a free agent for the first time March 14. The Michigan State alum took to Twitter on Tuesday night, asking for suggestions on his next destination.
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) March 6, 2018
Cousins’ future in Washington seemed all but finished by the end of the January, when the Redskins traded for veteran signal caller Alex Smith. Cousins, who had been hit with the franchise tag each of the last two seasons, called the trade a “surprise,” at the time.
Now Cousins will enter the open market the first time. He’s one of the rare established quarterbacks to become a free agent in their prime, as many franchises tend to keep their signal callers around for the long haul. The Redskins’ inability to commit to Cousins, who set numerous franchise passing records, proved a divisive issue for Washington fans.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said four teams represent the most likely potential landing spots for Cousins:
The final four teams expected to be vying for free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins are the Broncos, Cardinals, Jets and Vikings, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2018
The Jets, of course, might appeal to the former Spartans quarterback on jersey color alone — dark green.
We think green looks good on you. How about the Jets? https://t.co/FpWwa1u9pJ
— Michigan St. on BTN (@MichiganStOnBTN) March 7, 2018