NFL teams are getting down to business, and then some, in the lead up to the official beginning of the season on March 9.
The Washington Redskins, for the second straight year, put the franchise tag on QB Kirk Cousins, ensuring he won’t be able to negotiate with any other teams come Mar. 9. He’ll make $24 million this season (and the team can still negotiate a long term deal) and he is the first quarterback in league history to have the tag applied to him twice.
And in Kansas City, the Chiefs made safety Eric Berry the highest paid player at his position, inking him to a six-year, $78 million contract, with $40 million guaranteed and a $20 million signing bonus.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 28, 2017
Cousins has been the Redskins’ full-time QB since 2015 and in those two seasons he set the franchise mark in passing yards, first with 4,166 in 2015 and then 4,917 in 2016. H has also tossed 54 TDs in those two campaigns, against 23 interceptions.
Kansas City’s Berry, a six-year veteran, is considered one of the best free safeties in the league. In 16 games last season, Berry registered 77 tackles, nine passes defended and four interceptions (two for pick sixes).