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February 26, 2016

Report: Redskins to franchise tag QB Kirk Cousins

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Sam Bradford put up "OK" numbers the last half of the 2015 season. Kirk Cousins put up big boy numbers.

INDIANAPOLIS – It was widely expected that the Washington Redskins would franchise tag Kirk Cousins if they could not work out a long-term deal with him, and that is exactly what will happen, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Cousins beat the Philadelphia Eagles twice last season, once on a late game-winning drive, and then later in Week 16 in a blowout that ended the Eagles' playoff hopes. Here were his numbers against the Birds last year:

 Kirk CousinsComp-Att Yards TD-INT Rating 
 Week 4 vs Eagles 31-46290 1-0 91.8 
 Week 16 vs Eagles 31-46365 4-0 120.3 
 TOTAL 62-92655 5-0 106.0 

Many point to the second half of the season that Sam Bradford had in 2015. By comparison, here's how good Kirk Cousins was:

Last half of season Comp-Att Yards TD-INT Rating 
 Kirk Cousins 173-235 (73.6%)2212 19-2 126.1 
 Sam Bradford 176-258 (68.2%)1959 10-4 97.0 

Cousins was been brought up as a potential Eagles target when it was reported that Cousins and the Redskins had cut off talks on a long-term deal. The Eagles acquiring Cousins was never even a remote consideration.

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