Franchise tag deadline passes without new deals for three players

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Monday was anticlimatic as the franchise tag deadline came and went without a new deal. In recent years, the deadline has led to new deals for Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Justin Houston and Von Miller.

But, as expected, Kirk Cousins, Le’Veon Bell and Trumaine Johnson will play out this season under the franchise tag. It became official at 4 p.m. ET.

Cousins becomes the first quarterback to play out the franchise tag in two consecutive seasons. He will make $23.94 million this season, scheduled to become a free agent again next year. If Washington uses the franchise tag a third time, it will cost them roughly $34 million in 2018.

Bell will play this season under a $12.1 million tag.

Johnson, on his second consecutive franchise tag, will get $16.74 million this season.

Four players who received franchise tags did receive long-term deals this offseason: The Cardinals signed linebacker Chandler Jones (five years, $82.5 million, with $53 million guaranteed); the Chargers signed defensive end Melvin Ingram (four years, $66 million, with $42 million guaranteed); the Giants signed defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (four years, $62 million, with $40 million guaranteed); and the Panthers signed defensive tackle Kawann Short (five years $80.5 million, with $35 million guaranteed).

8 responses to “Franchise tag deadline passes without new deals for three players

  1. This is Bells last year in Pittsburgh and thats fine. Incredible talent but you dont deserve 10mil a year as a RB when you only play in half of the games. Stop rapping, stop smoking weed, report to camp and take the Steelers to the Super Bowl. Then ask for that kind of money.

  2. Hey, hey, hey. Bell isn’t accused of rape. That’s the qb.

    As a Steelers fan, I’d say, if he has a good year, tag him again next year.

  3. A rb is worth 12 mil a year if he’s essentially a 4th wr that lines up in the backfield.

    Oh, and he’s actually on the field

  4. steeldominance says:
    Jul 17, 2017 4:32 PM
    Stop rapping, stop smoking weed, report to camp and take the Steelers to the Super Bowl. Then ask for that kind of money.
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    With those 4 things as requirements Bell won’t be asking for that kind of money in the foreseeable future. While the 1st is doable, his level of self indulgence makes the 2nd doubtful and even though 12.1M reasons say the 3rd is highly likely that last one just isn’t going to happen any time soon.

  5. Cousins is a good starting QB. He’s improved each year. He’s a good role model for representing his profession. His stats don’t lie. He doesn’t beat good teams when it counts yet! That’s about the only hesitation you can give away easily with argument about how WSH has handled this. He trashes some less then .500 teams and caves into pressure at least one time each year for a slump. His overall play is .500 ball and a history of a bad playoff game the first year as a starter…then giving away the last game of the season in his second year. It’s a hard decision to make him an offer he can’t refuse when there’s uncertainty about his ability to win the big games. Doesn’t deserve to be the highest paid QB in NFL History. I’m a Skins fan. I’m a Cousins fan. But he hasn’t earned that contract yet. If he walks out of D.C. With a big deal from another team, then that’s someone over-paying. He has to win the big games first.

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