According to a report from ESPN, the decision would allow the franchise to “recoup some of the compensation” going to the Chiefs that will be traded away when they acquire quarterback Smith once the new league year begins in March.
There is one reason Cousins might not accept the tag and that is if there’s no sign he could get a long-term deal from the team where he’s potentially traded.
Cousins did say earlier this week (via NFL.com) he does “expect to be a free agent,” and he is projected as the top free-agent quarterback available. However, working around a franchise tag might limit Washington’s leverage.
Cousins, 29, enters his seventh NFL season in 2018. Throughout his career, he has thrown for 16,206 yards and 99 touchdowns with 55 interceptions.
Kramer, whom Vince Lombardi once called the best guard in football, had been regarded as the most overlooked player from the 1960s Packers teams that won five championships in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls. No player had been a finalist more than Kramer without receiving induction into the Hall.
Now 82 years old, Kramer was a three-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro selection over an 11-year career for Lombardi’s Packers. He is perhaps best known for the key block that paved the way for Bart Starr’s game-winning quarterback sneak to beat the Cowboys in the 1967 NFL championship game, otherwise known as the Ice Bowl. Kramer was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1975.
Kramer is the 25th Packers player inducted in Canton and 12th from Green Bay’s championship teams of the 1960s. He was named to the league’s 50th Anniversary team and was the only member of that group not already in the Hall of Fame.