Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins made it clear earlier this offseason that he wanted to team up with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with the San Francisco 49ers, but that didn't happen because Washington placed the franchise tag on him for the second straight year.
The 49ers still have hope of signing him next offseason, as he and Redskins have yet to agree on a long-term deal, but Redskins owner Dan Snyder is determined not to let that happen, according to Kevin Jones of KNBR.
I hear Dan Snyder would rather make Kirk Cousins the highest paid QB in the NFL than lose him to Kyle Shanahan https://t.co/0bMQjr3Nle— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) July 3, 2017
I was told Snyder fears Redskins fans would forever turn their backs on him if Kyle/Kirk have sustained success.together in SF https://t.co/O6yDr2Vgib— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) July 3, 2017
Shanahan served as the offensive coordinator in Washington from 2010-13 under his father, and both were fired largely due to disagreements with Snyder. The Shanahans drafted Cousins in 2012 and reportedly favored him over Robert Griffin III, but Snyder was insistent on them playing RGIII.
The 49ers and Redskins had talks about a possible Cousins trade in March, but Snyder's disdain for Shanahan kept talks from progressing.
Along with his desire to play for Shanahan, Cousins is also weary of staying in Washington long-term because of discord in the front office.
Cousins has spent the last two season as Washington's starter, and set new franchise records for passing yards each year. In 2016, Cousins passed for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed