Cousins can now be traded, although a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Washington has shown no inclination of moving him to this point. Now that Cousins has signed, the Redskins can review their options.
Cousins recently appealed to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, asking for a trade without a long-term contract in place, league and team sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Snyder told Cousins that he should not anticipate a trade, sources said.
Cousins received the nonexclusive tag last year at a cost of $19.953 million. It's the first time in history a team has used the franchise tag twice on the same quarterback.
The Redskins can negotiate with Cousins on a long-term deal until July 15. At that point, there can be no deal struck until after the Redskins' season. Cousins will make $23.94 million if he plays under the tag.
Cousins is coming off a solid season in which he threw for a career-high 4,917 yards with 25 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions as the Redskins finished 8-7-1 and failed to make the playoffs.