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Why Kirk Cousins won't come to the 49ers in 2018

Why Kirk Cousins won't come to the 49ers in 2018

Perhaps Kirk Cousins plays well enough to change the mind of the Redskins front office.

Schefter acknowledges that the team could try a last-minute Hail Mary to close the gap on a long-term deal, but it's likely that D.C. has at least nine more months of "will he or won't he" speculation on Cousins' contract.

Kirk Cousins is not expected to sign a long-term deal with Washington before Monday's deadline. With both Cousins and Johnson scheduled to play under one-year deals as a result of their respective franchise tags, the attention will now begin to shift toward the Pittsburgh Steelers and veteran running back Le'Veon Bell. While now slated to do so for the second consecutive season, Cousins will be forced to remain in Washington on yet another one-year deal as the two sides have yet to come to an agreement on a longterm contract extension. He threw 4 less touchdowns in 2016 than he did in 2015, and 1 more interception.

However, the franchise tag will reward Cousins handsomely.

How much money is Cousins worth to the Redskins?

Under that scenario, Cousins would be unable to negotiate with any other teams.

It seems unquestionable at this point that Cousins has won this standoff against Washington. The risk of doing so is that another National Football League team can communicate with Cousins and sign him.

The 2017 season will be only his third as a full-time starter. He said he would be surprised if Cousins signs before Monday's deadline. He's going to get multiple offers from teams desperate for quarterbacks, perhaps including the San Francisco 49ers, who have Kyle Shanahan at head coach. If that happened, then the Redskins would have seven days to match.

The 49ers' quarterback of the future literally won't be a 49er until the future, though the clock on that is about to really start ticking.