Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins
**FILE** Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (John De Freitas/The Washington Informer)

The Washington Redskins announced Tuesday that they have placed the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Last season, Cousins completed 406 of 606 passes (67.0 percent) for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a passer rating of 97.2. He finished the year with single-season team records in attempts, completions and passing yards and matched his team record for 300-yard passing games (seven).

Cousins is entering his sixth NFL season after originally being selected by the Redskins in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. For his career, Cousins has appeared in 46 regular season games with 41 starts, completing 1,025 of 1,556 pass attempts for 12,113 yards with 72 touchdowns and 42 interceptions.

Cousins, 28, played collegiately at Michigan State from 2007-11, where he was a three-time team captain and earned Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors all four seasons in which he played. Cousins was born on Aug. 19, 1988, and attended Holland Christian H.S. in Holland, Mich.

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