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Kirk Cousins accepts Redskins' franchise tender

Kirk Cousins has signed the Washington Redskins' franchise tender, the quarterback tweeted Thursday.

On his Twitter account Wednesday, agent Mike McCartney announced that Cousins would accept the tender, which gives him a one-year contract worth $19.95 million for next season.

Cousins was given a franchise tag by the Redskins on Tuesday, the league's deadline to do so.

Both sides want to continue working on a long-term deal, but sources say Cousins is comfortable playing under the franchise tag with free agency set to begin March 9. The Redskins have until July 15 to complete a long-term deal or Cousins will play under the tag. The sides do not appear close to a deal.

Cousins helped the Redskins win the NFC East with a breakthrough performance last season, his fourth in the NFL but first as a full-time starter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.