Keeping Cousins beyond 2017 is a long shot for Washington.

Seven players were placed under the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell, Rams CB Trumaine Johnson and Washington QB Kirk Cousins have yet to agree to new deals. Will their teams lock them up ahead of Monday afternoon’s deadline?
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Youth Dallas Thomas Jersey Keeping Cousins beyond 2017 is a long shot for Washington. Franchise tagging him for the third time is unrealistic with the number jumping to more than $34 million, and a bidding war in free agency will likely be too hard for the quarterback to pass up.

So what’s it going to take for Washington to keep him? A whole lot of money. A record-breaking amount.

A month ago, the Oakland Raiders made Derek Carr the highest-paid player in football history with a five-year, $125 million contract that comes with $70 million guaranteed.

It will require more to keep Cousins, but how much is too much?

Winston has made more mistakes than he should so far in his career — he’s already thrown 33 interceptions and fumbled 16 times. But sometimes a quarterback needs others to make big plays and take the possibility of turnovers out of the passer’s hands.

A rushing attack that averaged 3.6 yards per carry (29th in the NFL) didn’t do Winston any favors either. With few changes up front and at running back, that will still be a concern for the Buccaneers in 2017. J.R. Sweezy will return from an injury that cost him an entire season and young players like Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet may still be improving, but it will again be Winston leading the way.

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