Kirk Cousins will be the first quarterback in NFL history to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag.
ECousins and the Redskins didn’t sign a long-term deal by the deadline Monday.
He will make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 after earning $19.95 million last year.
Team president Bruce
EAllen said in a prepared statement that the Redskins’ goal was to sign Cousins to a long-term contract and offered him $53 million guaranteed or $72 million in the event of injury. That would have been the second-most fully guaranteed money given to a QB behind Aaron Rodgers’ $54 million.
“Despite our repeated attempts, we have not received any offer from Kirk’s agent this year,” Allen said. “Kirk has made it clear that he prefers to play on a yearto-year basis. While we would have liked to work out a long-term contract before this season, we accept his decision.”
Cousins enters his third full season as the Redskins’ starting QB.
Long-term deal fails.
PITTSBURGH» The Steelers and star running back Le’Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a longterm contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender this season.
Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March and had until Monday afternoon to work out a new deal. Bell instead will make $12.1 million this season, the average of the five highest-paid running backs in the league.
Bell could become an unrestricted free agent next spring or the Steelers could place the franchise tag on him a second time. General manager Kevin Colbert said the team will “resume its efforts” to re-sign Bell next offseason.
The 25-year-old Bell ran for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns and caught another 75 passes in 12 games for Pittsburgh in 2016.
Panthers fire GM.
CHARLOTTE, N.C» The Panthers fired general manager Dave Gettleman less than two weeks before the opening of training camp.
Team owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement he made the decision after a long evaluation of the team’s football operations. Richardson also acknowledged the timing is not ideal as the Panthers are scheduled to report to camp on July 26.
Gettleman had been Carolina’s general manager since 2013. The Panthers were 6-10 last season, a year after reaching Super Bowl 50 where they lost to Denver. Carolina had reached the postseason in Gettleman’s first three years.