For the second consecutive offseason, the Washington Redskins have applied the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, according to Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney. The Redskins applied the exclusive variant of the tag before today's 4p.m. deadline, meaning its Pro Bowl quarterback will not hit free agency as an unrestricted free agent March 9. Cousins becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to receive the franchise tag in consecutive seasons since it was implemented in 1993. The two sides can now try to reach a long-term deal once again before the July15 deadline. By using the exclusive tag on Cousins, the Redskins maintain a small bit of control. Under the rules of this tag, Cousins is not allowed to shop himself to other teams in hopes of receiving an offer sheet to facilitate a trade. The door still remains open for Washington to trade the quarterback, but the Redskins control any potential negotiations on a deal. Had Cousins received the nonexclusive tag, he could have signed an offer sheet from another team and forced the Redskins to either match the offer or execute a trade. If the Redskins chose not to match that deal, they would've received two first-round picks as compensation. Washington used the nonexclusive tag on Cousins last season, but he promptly signed that deal and didn't draw interest from other teams.