Redskins place exclusive franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

The Washington Redskins placed the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins on Tuesday.

Cousins received the nonexclusive tag last year. It’s the first time in history a team has used the franchise tag twice on the same quarterback.

If he were to be traded, Cousins’ preferred destination is the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source close to the quarterback, as he loved playing for new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan when Shanahan was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator and really likes his system.

The Redskins can negotiate with Cousins on a long-term deal until July 15. At that point, there can be no deal struck until after the Redskins’ season. Cousins will make $23.94 million under the tag.

“He’s just very charismatic and honest and humble and kind, all the good things you look for in a person at heart,” said Susan Colton, a retired elementary school principal from Pompano Beach who bought her Tebow T-shirt on-line. “I appreciate positive role models.”

It seemed inevitable the Vikings would not exercise the option on Peterson, who played just three games last season because of a torn meniscus and turns 32 on March 21. The team could still work out a restructured contract with Peterson before the start of the league year or try to re-sign him if he doesn’t find what he’s looking for on the free-agent market.

The NFL eventually extended Rice’s suspension indefinitely after a second surveillance video published by TMZ Sports on Sept. 8 showed Rice punching his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious before dragging her out of an elevator.2

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