But his outing in Texas was a positive one, and if he has even a solid season in San Francisco some will wonder why the 49ers should spend a mint on Cousins, who is 19-22-1 as an National Football League starter, when they have any adequate and far cheaper option in Hoyer (as well as a player similar to Cousins in rookie C.J. Beathard) already in the organization.
Why do quarterbacks nearly never make it to a first franchise tag season and never to a second one? But they have not shown they believe he's the long term future for this team and will likely stick him with another franchise tag come the 4 p.m. deadline.
Kirk Cousins is under contract be the Redskins quarterback in 2017. They could tag him for either the $28 million transition tag or the $34 million franchise tag in 2018.
Cousins enters his 6th season with the Burgundy and Gold.
There are risks to Cousins without a long-term deal.
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The Giants loss spurred an organization-wide evaluation that defined the franchise's goals this offseason, and Cousins' performance in that game impacted the way he is perceived. Allen's comments made it clear the relationship between Cousins and Washington's front office is on rocky ground. The clock is ticking for that negotiation, and if it expires without a new deal, Cousins and the 49ers will be the next ones on the clock for 2018.
The likeliest scenario from there: A trade or just a flat-out free-agent departure to the team Cousins really wants to join... in Spring 2018. Cousins threw for over 9,000 yards with 54 touchdowns versus 23 interceptions.
By the way, the 49ers don't even have to try that hard to know what's going on with the Cousins-Washington talks: He is represented by Priority Sports, the firm that also happens to represent...
There will be no shortage of teams bidding for Cousins next season if he becomes available.
"I think being a starting quarterback you should be a leader and feel good no matter what his contract status is", Gruden said in March. Let's get through this season first! Barring serious regression on Cousins' part, his price will be even higher then. The quarterback class in that draft is expected to be the strongest in recent years. Someone will pay Cousins in a quarterback-needy league. It hasn't been enough for the two sides to commit to merging their futures, and they're running out of time.