If Traded, Kirk Cousins Would Prefer To Go To San Francisco
It's been a long time since anyone used the 49ers for leverage, but it may be happening now. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is waiting to see if the team will use the franchise tag on him, meaning that no other team can talk with him. It's expected that Washington will do that for the second straight season, but it may already be a lost cause.
Washington has until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET to tag him up. (UPDATE: Washington just used franchise tag on him). Cousins can still talk with other teams after that, but only if Washington approves it. But they've already blown this, according to several sources.
Cousins' preferred destination if things don't work out where he is? It's right in the headline above and I'm ashamed of you for not knowing. But why in the world is it the 49ers? According to an ESPN source:
He loved playing for new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan when he was the Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator. Shanahan is a detail-oriented coach, which meshes well with Cousins' mind-set.
The source told ESPN that Cousins would not sign a long-term deal if he were traded anywhere else -- right now. Much of that is based on a desire to be in San Francisco and a lack of familiarity with other teams. Cousins is a stickler for routine and familiarity. He would not block a deal to another team, but any team that were to trade for him would have to do a lot of convincing in order to get him to sign a long-term contract.
Cousins would make $23.9 million this coming season under the franchise tag.
If he goes to the 49ers now he's crazy. Sure he could get a good deal -- the 49ers are more than $70 million under the salary cap, the second-most in the NFL (Cleveland Browns). But what good is a monster payday if you're in traction?
The 49ers' offensive line was was a mess this past season, and until it gets up to standards Cousins should stay far away. If he can't work a deal in Washington (the two sides are nowhere close in contract talks), he should accept a one-year contract with another team before going to San Francisco, if they sort out their line problems by then.
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