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Kirk Cousins requests a trade, rebuffed by Dan Snyder

Kirk Cousins requests a trade, rebuffed by Dan Snyder

"I'm going to say conservatively, it's gonna be $26.5 million a year is the average, and $90 million in overall guarantees where at least $60 million will be fully guaranteed", Corry said then, when asked what Cousins' earning potential was.

Cousins approaching Snyder about a trade might indicate he's already mentally out the door, which could lead to a holdout if he doesn't want to play for Washington in 2017. This time they used an exclusive franchise tag, though, so no other team can open negotiations with him.

Previous reports have indicated that Cousins is interested in reuniting with former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Washington could either get compensation now in a swap, remove his $24 million from their 2017 salary cap and start fresh under center with Colt McCoy, a rookie or a free agent (Tony Romo?).




Again, the Redskins don't have to deal Cousins. While a Cousins-to-Niners trade is still possible, Hoyer's availability will definitely make San Francisco "less aggressive in trade negotiations" with teams, including the Redskins.

In fairness, it's really not hard to blame Cousins for wanting out of D.C. since Washington has demonstrated they don't believe in him as a long-term answer. There have been quite a few 49ers trade rumors since the end of the 2016 National Football League season, as the franchise is very unhappy with its 2-14 finish. That's when the Redskins would have the most leverage because a team that missed on a quarterback in free agency would be more desperate and willing to part with more draft picks.

The Washington Redskins are raising the bar on their own dysfunction. When it comes to the Kirk Cousins-49ers trade rumors, Lynch and Shanahan can wait patiently for the right deal.

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