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Kirk Cousins Isn't Elite, but He's a Franchise QB

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After becoming the first quarterback to be franchise tagged twice by the same team, Kirk Cousins will now be guaranteed $23.94 million this upcoming season, with only Joe Flacco (24.55M) and Carson Palmer ($24.12) making more money against the cap. Despite Washington’s hesitancy to commit to the Pro Bowler long-term, Colin Cowherd believes Washington made the right move by not breaking the bank for a guy they might not believe in.

“I think a lot of his success is Jay Gruden, Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson," Cowherd said. "I think they have tremendous offensive personnel, and I think that is elevating Kirk Cousins.”

However, even though Cousins might not be talented enough to receive Andrew Luck money, he can still be a franchise quarterback with a franchise tag.

“Kirk Cousins is a franchise quarterback,” Cowherd said. “He’s not Brees or Rodgers but he’s smart, he’s stable, he works his tail off, his teammates like him and he’s got a chip on his shoulder.”