Snaer's late 3 lifts FSU over Maryland 73-71

Snaer's late 3 lifts FSU over Maryland 73-71

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Michael Snaer made a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to lift Florida State to a 73-71 win over Maryland on Wednesday.

It was the second last-gasp 3-pointer in seven days for Snaer, who also lifted the Seminoles to a 60-57 win when he banked in a 25-footer at the buzzer to beat Clemson. Snaer also had two buzzer-beating 3-pointers last season to give Florida State wins over Duke and Virginia Tech.

Snaer had 19 points and Okaro White added 14 points for Florida State (12-8, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Maryland's Dez Wells scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half, but the Terrapins fell short as Alex Len, who averages 13 points per game, scored a season-low four points.

The Terrapins (15-6, 3-5) have lost two straight, including Saturday's 84-64 loss to Duke.

Maryland outrebounded Florida State 36-20.

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Redskins place franchise tag on Kirk Cousins for second straight season

Redskins place franchise tag on Kirk Cousins for second straight season

For the second straight season, the Redskins placed the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins. If Cousins signs the contract offer, he will be guaranteed nearly $24 million for the 2017 season. 

The expected contract maneuver from the Washington front office puts the team and quarterback in a bizarre quandary.

Team and player can negotiate towards a long-term deal until a July 15th deadline, but after that, the franchise tag locks in and there can be no more contract talk until after the 2017 season.

Cousins agent Mike McCartney made the news official on Tuesaday afternoon.

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If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because the exact same thing played out between Cousins and the ‘Skins last year. The two sides could not agree on a deal then, and it would not be a shock if negotiations again stall. 

What leverage, if any, Washington has against Cousins at this point will be interesting to see. As of now, Cousins has the option to make $24 million this season, a 20 percent raise from his near $20 million salary in 2016, with the very real option of unmitigated free agency in 2018.

All along, Cousins has said he views the tag as a sign that the team wants him and has given no indication that he won’t play under the tag. Many other players elsewhere in the NFL have refused to sign the tag and entered into hostile contract talks with their teams. 

The tag could also open the door for trade possibilities, as Cousins and his representatives can talk about contracts with other teams. 

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What effect will Antonio Brown's big deal have on the Redskins and the WR market in free agency?

What effect will Antonio Brown's big deal have on the Redskins and the WR market in free agency?

Antonio Brown’s $68 million contract extension with the Steelers was good news for DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, Kenny Britt, Alshon Jeffery, and any other good to very good wide receiver about to hit the free agent market.

The wide receiver market is of high interest to the Redskins this year. They may make an effort to sign one or both of Jackson and Garçon, their free agent pass catchers. If both end up leaving, they might need to sign a starting-caliber receiver as a replacement. They have been working internally to try to value the players who will be available but the market ultimately will determine how much they will make.

Brown got a $19 million signing bonus and he will get $29 million in new money through 2018 and $55.5 million through 2020. The deal averages $17 million per year in new money. As the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all ships and Brown getting the money that he got will boost the salaries of Jackson, Garçon, and company.

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But none of them should be expecting to make anything close to the money that Brown is making. Brown became the highest-paid receiver in NFL history because over the last four years nobody else in the league has more receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions than Brown. If he’s not the best in the game, he’s close.

The other receivers are not on Brown’s level and the question is, how much below his pay level should they be because of it. For example, Britt has been in the league for eight seasons and he just eked over the thousand-yard mark for the first time last year, picking up 1,002. He had nine touchdowns in 2010, his second year in the league, and he hasn’t had more than five in a season since then. His name shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath with Brown’s, probably not even the same paragraph.

But, despite his experience, he is relatively young (he’ll be 29 in December) and at 6-3 he has the size that teams are looking for. Britt averaged 16 years per reception over the past three years. It would be easy for his camp to point out that he played in what Todd Gurley called “a middle school offense” with the likes of Austin Davis, Shaun Hill, Case Keenum, and Jared Goff throwing him the ball.

Teams want to pay players based on what they think they will do in the future, not what they have done in the past. And it wouldn’t be surprising if a team thinks it can get $10 million worth of production out of Britt over the next few years.

A report yesterday said that the market for Stills could reach $12 million per year. That sounds like an agent-generated number. Stills has been in the league for four years and he gained 931 yards in his best season, and that was in New Orleans with Drew Brees throwing him the ball. That was his only season with over 50 receptions. Yes, he’s fast and he turns just 25 next month but $12 million seems to be a stretch.

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Garçon and Jackson both turn 31 this year and they are looking for one last, big bite of the apple. They probably will look for something in the $10 million range for three or four years. Given Jackson’s speed and his incredible ball-tracking ability and Garçon’s consistent productivity, it won’t be surprising to see both of them at least come close to eight-figure territory.

Will the Redskins be willing to pay that much, whether it’s for one of their own players or for an outside free agent? They may not be planning on it but the tide that Brown lifted up may force them to.

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