Adam Schefter says Kirk Cousins unlikely to sign long term with Redskins before deadline

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks at the ground against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Washington Redskins' quarterback Kirk Cousins looks set to play a second consecutive year under the franchise tag, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The ESPN insider tweeted Sunday that sources tell him that Cousins will not likely sing a long-term deal with the team by the 4:00 p.m. deadline on Monday, the NFL's cutoff point for signing franchised tagged players.

However, Schefter's sources did say Cousins would still be willing to sign with the team after the season ends but it is widely assumed that he will not come cheap, especially given his potential value on the open market.

The Cousins drama has been the dominant story for the Redskins and really all of Washington sports this off-season, with some even speculating that Cousins could be traded. But now, if Shefter is right, contract talks will be put on hold until the end of the 2017 season, though the speculation will most definitely continue.

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