Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins past year, which makes him a free agent now.
For his part, Cousins had previously hinted that he might hold out should the dreaded franchise tag be placed on him for a second consecutive season (more on that here).
Kirk Cousins is at the NFC team Pro Bowl practice.
This is what Allen said in July 2014: "There's no doubt in our mind that Robert's going to be an excellent quarterback in this league". The Redskins used the franchise tag on Cousins in 2016 and are willing to do so again for 2017.
The Redskins were unable to reach a long-term agreement with Cousins last offseason.
"I like to err on the side of us making smart decisions, and you don't let a franchise quarterback walk out the door", Williams said.
"We will cross that bridge when we come to it, but I would probably do what I did past year", Cousins told ESPN from the Pro Bowl in Orlando on Thursday. The tag would come with a salary of just under $24 million to go with the almost $20 million he made in 2016, which mitigates the lack of a long-term deal because, per Cousins, it is "hard to have a lack of security at that point". Allen added the team will open negotiations "shortly". And that's not life in this league.
"I don't know", Cousins said.
Certainly, that makes it sound as if they plan to offer Cousins a long contract, probably in the five-year range, rather than letting him get away. Like I wrote several weeks ago, Kirk Cousins' blueprint for life is the Bible.
You would think that Cousins wouldn't need a crystal ball.
The Redskins quarterback told CBS Sports he'd like to stay in Washington for years to come but he's fully aware he doesn't control his fate with the team.
Who would know better than him - right?