Kirk Cousins gets $19 million raise as Redskins tag QB

Night net null null Unable to agree on a contract, the Redskins have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Kirk Cousins.The quarterback will make $19.953 million

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for the 2016 season. MORE: Major 'wardrobe malfunction' at Night net combine | Another Bradford, Foles swap? Sources: The franchise tag the #Redskins are using on Kirk Cousins will be a non-exclusive franchise tag.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) March 1, 2016Kirk Cousins made $660,000 in 2015. He's guaranteed $19.95 million in 2016. That's a good raise.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) March 1, 2016The non-exclusive tag is identical to the typical franchise tag in terms of money, but a player can negotiate with other teams while the player's current team has the right to match any offer or receive two first-round picks as compensation.  Cousins, 27, rallied the Redskins to an NFC East title last season as Robert Griffin III slipped to third string. With Griffin planned to be released, the Redskins hope Cousins can be the club's QB of the future. Cousins got off to a rough start this past season but was stellar in his last 11 starts (including a playoff loss to Green Bay), throwing for 24 touchdowns and only three interceptions.