Cousins intends to sign his $23.94 million franchise-tag tender soon, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source close to the quarterback. Cousins is a "good soldier" who understands Washington is unlikely to trade him, Rapoport added.
Because he was tagged at the exclusive level, Cousins and his representatives are precluded from negotiating with other teams. Although he has an avowed booster in Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers are reluctant to part with both a heavy draft-pick package and a lucrative new contract in a sign-and-trade scenario.
When the Niners recruited Brian Hoyer to San Francisco, they reportedly assured the veteran quarterback that Cousins is no longer a 2017 trade target.
Contrary to widespread speculation, Cousins has no plans to hold out for the entire offseason in a bid to pressure the Redskins into sending him to San Francisco or elsewhere.
Cousins reportedly appealed to owner Dan Snyder for a trade if the organization has no plans to meet his asking price on a long-term contract. Although Snyder shot the request down, Cousin's willingness to remain in Washington at the right price can actually be viewed as a sign of progress.