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NFL Report: Kirk Cousins gets franchise tag from Redskins

NFL Report: Kirk Cousins gets franchise tag from Redskins

A year ago at this time, Kirk Cousins was relegated to backup status with the Washington Redskins, owned a resume that included only nine NFL starts and more interceptions than touchdowns, and was playing under a four-year rookie contract barely worth a total of more than $2.5 million.

Now, with the quarterback coming off coming off a breakthrough season, the Redskins announced Tuesday they placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, setting him up to earn about $20 million next season and making sure he doesn't become an unrestricted free agent next week.

Tuesday was the deadline for teams to use a franchise or transition tag. By choosing the...

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