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Le’Veon Bell, Kirk Cousins and Trumaine Johnson will all play beneath the stipulations of the franchise tag for the upcoming season after failing to succeed in lengthy-time period extensions with their golf equipment earlier than Monday’s four p.m. ET deadline.
All three gamers are slated to turn into unrestricted free brokers in 2018.
Bell, Cousins and Johnson will earn $12.1 million, $23.ninety three million, and $sixteen.seventy four million respectively underneath the phrases of their franchise tags for the upcoming season.
All three gamers now pose vital questions for his or her particular person groups.
Bell would be the highest-paid operating again within the NFL subsequent yr by a large margin, however he is a real celebrity who could make a robust case for a extra profitable deal.
Cousins faces the unfathomable proposition of being franchise tagged for the third consecutive yr in 2018 and can possible be paid exorbitantly subsequent yr, barring a catastrophe.
In the meantime, Johnson would be the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback, though many would hesitate to rank him among the many prime 15 gamers at his place.
Bell earned Professional Bowl and second-group All-Professional honors regardless of lacking 4 video games final season, dashing for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns whereas including seventy five receptions for 616 yards and two extra scores for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cousins accomplished sixty seven % of his passes for four,917 yards and 25 touchdowns towards 12 interceptions. The 28-yr-previous was chosen to the Professional Bowl for the primary time and the Washington Redskins elected to make him the primary quarterback to obtain the franchise tag in consecutive years this offseason.
Johnson recorded fifty seven tackles and an interception in 14 video games with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016. The cornerback additionally acquired the franchise tag for the second consecutive yr.