Kirk Cousins can become an unrestricted free agent on March 14 now that the Redskins did not use the franchise tag on the quarterback on Tuesday.
“Next week is now officially the first time since 2007 that I’ll be choosing where to play football,” Cousins said on his Twitter page. “I’m open to suggestions.”
There are several teams likely to pursue Cousins, including the Jets, who expect to make a competitive bid for the 29-year old quarterback. ESPN has reported the Broncos, Cardinals, Vikings and Jets are the finalists for Cousins. The last two seasons Cousins was franchised by the Redskins after failing to come to terms on a contract extension.
But the Redskins traded for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith last month, which set in motion the possibility of Cousins being free. There were reports the Redskins thought of franchising Cousins again to possibly use him as trade bait to acquire a first-round draft pick, but that won’t happen now.
The NFL also announced DE DeMarcus Lawrence (Cowboys), DE Ezekiel Ansah (Lions), FS Lamarcus Joyner (Rams), WR Jarvis Landry (Dolphins) and RB Le’Veon Bell (Steelers) were given the franchise tag. Bell was designated an exclusive franchise player. Bears CB Kyle Fuller was designated a transition player.
Newsday has confirmed a report that former Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will visit with the Packers when free agency starts. Wilkerson was released as part of a salary- cap dump, saving the Jets $11 million.