By John KeimESPN Staff Writer
The Washington Redskins have every right to tag Kirk Cousins and try to trade him. That doesn't negate one fact: It will be difficult to pull off and they could severely damage their cap space, hurting their ability to sign other free agents.
It's a move many have described with one word: risky.
It's not without precedent in Washington. In 2004, the Redskins placed the franchise tag on cornerback Champ Bailey and traded him to Denver for running back Clinton Portis. It worked because Bailey liked Denver and was agreeable to a long-term deal. Denver also received a second-round pick in exchange.
However, at that time if a player left via free agency there was no possibility of a compensatory pick. If Cousins leaves via free agency, because of the expected size of his deal, the Redskins would receive a third-round compensatory pick in 2019.
The Redskins also could tag Cousins, see if there's any possibility and then rescind the tag before free agency. The window to tag a player is Feb. 20-March 6. In communicating with nine people connected to the league, no one felt good about the Redskins' chances of pulling off this move. As one coach said, he could see the Redskins considering it because they view Cousins as a possible asset, but he acknowledged it would be...