Tag stays for Cousins, Bell

The Buffalo News - - CONTINUED FROM THE SPORTS COVER -

Kirk Cousins of the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins be­came the first quar­ter­back to play un­der the fran­chise tag for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son af­ter fail­ing to sign a long-term deal on Mon­day.

Wash­ing­ton of­fered Cousins a five-year deal worth ap­prox­i­mately $20 mil­lion per sea­son ear­lier in the off­sea­son with “low guar­an­tees,” ESPN re­ported, cit­ing a source.

Mean­while, Steel­ers run­ning back Le’Veon Bell will play on a $12.12 mil­lion ex­clu­sive fran­chise tag this sea­son af­ter the dead­line came and went without a long-term deal.

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