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Kirk Cousins, Redskins OK with QB playing ’17 on tag

The free-agent linebacker, formerly of the Bills, will visit the Redskins on Monday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of Brown’s plans.

Brown was thought to be choosing between the Dolphins, the Raiders and the Bills, all with whom he’s visited over the past three weeks. Seeking a big payday, Brown has played the waiting game and now has a quartet of suitors from which to choose.

Used frequently on passing downs, Thompson has morphed into a favorite of coach Jay Gruden, who called the 26-year-old a “very valuable commodity to our football team, both in pass protection and getting out on the routes.”

Said Gruden: “The thought of him not being around scares the heck out of me. So he’s improved every part of his game, and a lot of these young players, they do that. You either get better or worse, and he’s just one of those guys that continues to work and he’s gotten better at everything.”

According to sources informed of the situation, the way the negotiations were handled were part of the reason, as well. For instance, Washington made this offer to Cousins in May. Then, Allen met with Cousins’ agent, Mike McCartney, for drinks in Chicago. Later, Allen flew out to meet with Cousins and his father in a very positive meeting that lasted more than four hours.

Following the meeting, Allen said the team would be making another offer to Cousins before the July 17 deadline. What did Cousins receive in July? Literally an identical offer as the team made him in May. Nothing changed and that’s why talks went nowhere.

With no multi-year deal in sight, Washington will head into next offseason with a large question at quarterback. It could tag Cousins a third time for an astronomical sum of about $35 million or transition tag him for around $28 million, which would allow the Redskins to match any offer he receives from another team. The final option is let Cousins hit free agency and possibly watch him walk to the highest bidder. If he hits the open market, there will be no shortage of suitors — with the quarterback’s former coordinator Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco likely being the first in line.

Cousins certainly should be comfortable playing out the tag. He has all the leverage, no history of injury to threaten his long-term earnings and knows he can get paid if he gets to free agency. The Redskins continue to kick the can down the road while paying their QB a premium on one-year deals.

The much-needed wake-up call extends to the offensive line, a unit that was dominated by Baltimore’s smothering front. It was disturbing to watch Redskins runner Rob Kelley repeatedly blown up by the Ravens, who held Washington to a measly 39 yards at 2.2 yards per rush.

Liz Clarke of The Post noted that the tone at Washington’s training camp “has been lighthearted most days.” No matter the look and feel of those practices, it was evident Thursday night that the Redskins still have miles to go.

The much-needed wake-up call extends to the offensive line, a unit that was dominated by Baltimore’s smothering front. It was disturbing to watch Redskins runner Rob Kelley repeatedly blown up by the Ravens, who held Washington to a measly 39 yards at 2.2 yards per rush.

Liz Clarke of The Post noted that the tone at Washington’s training camp “has been lighthearted most days.” No matter the look and feel of those practices, it was evident Thursday night that the Redskins still have miles to go.

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