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What does Kirk Cousins signing the franchise tag mean for the Redskins?

What does Kirk Cousins signing the franchise tag mean for the Redskins?

What does it mean that Kirk Cousins has signed his exclusive franchise tag tender? Let’s take a look:

Cousins is now under contract with the Redskins—A franchise tag is essentially an offer for a contract. And, like any contract offer, it is just a piece of paper until two parties sign it. After a lapse of less than 24 hours (his 2016 franchise tag contract expired at 4:00 yesterday) he is again an employee of the Washington Redskins with all of the rights and obligations associated with that status.

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He must go to mandatory activities—That is one of the obligations that comes with being under contract. He must attend the mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 and he must report to training camp in late July.

He doesn’t have to attend voluntary activities—Just like any player can, he could opt to skip the team workouts that start in mid-April and the OTAs that start in late May. There is no indication that Cousins will do that, although some players do to try to get leverage for a new contract or to get traded.

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His $23.9 million salary is fully guaranteed—This means that if he plays this season on the franchise tag he will get 17 weekly paychecks worth about $1.4 million each (minus income taxed, FICA, health insurance, etc.).

The Redskins can trade him—Since he’s under contract, Cousins can be traded. That has been the subject of much talk lately and there is much more to it than just signing the tender. But without the player signing the tender nothing can happen so that preliminary step is done.

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What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's the cutest thing you've ever seen in your whole, entire life? Whatever that thing is, be prepared for it to slide down to the second spot, because what you're about to see is absolutely going to move up to No. 1 (and then stay there forever).

Two weeks ago, Kirk Cousins and his wife, Julie, announced that they were expecting. That announcement, which was posted on Julie's Instagram, was really adorable in its own right — Mrs. Cousins shared a photo of the couple's dog, Bentley, who was wearing a sign that read, "Mom & Dad are getting me a human!"

On Friday, though, Kirk put up a video on his Instagram that revealed their future child's gender. What else did that video do, you ask? Well, it only made every future gender reveal irrelevant, since none will ever top what the Cousinses did.


Gender Reveal! Had to stand close so it wouldn't get intercepted... and still almost missed ha! IT'S A...

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OMG. O. M. G. OMG.

The regular season may be months away, but with that toss, Kirk Cousins is already 1-for-1 (yes, the pass was low, but a completion is a completion) with a perfect quarterback rating.

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Vernon Davis 'just can't fathom' the NFL's very strict celebration rules

Vernon Davis 'just can't fathom' the NFL's very strict celebration rules

As he proudly demonstrated in a 27-20 win against the Eagles last October, Vernon Davis has a silky jumpshot. Unfortunately, in today's NFL, celebrating by shooting a football like Davis did in the end zone that fall Sunday is prohibited.

The tight end, who was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and eventually fined more than $12,000 for the move, didn't really get the point of the rule then, and he still doesn't understand it now. And as he told Kalyn Kahler of MMQB, he think it's time for the league to back off their strict stance on celebrations.

"I would just tell guys that when it comes to celebrations, anything is allowed, as long as it isn’t inappropriate," Davis said when asked how he'd change the celebration rules. "Anything that we know is wrong, we shouldn’t do. I think that is the key."


In Davis' case, he was penalized because of an odd technicality. The NFL doesn't want players using the ball as a prop — which No. 85 did on his jumper — but yet, they allow guys to spike and spin the ball without retribution. That gray area doesn't sit well with him.

"It doesn’t make sense to me at all," he said. "It should be really simple, we should know that we can’t use the ball as a prop for anything. So for them to allow spiking and not allow shooting, I just can’t fathom that."

The 33-year-old hopes that change is near, and he may get it, too, as the competition committee will reevaluate what is and isn't allowed at the upcoming league meetings. But if he and everyone else clamoring for less restrictions are rebuffed, Davis does have a workaround so that when he scores next, he won't get in trouble. 

"I shoot the shot, but without the ball," Davis said. "That’s my go-to now. As long as I don’t have the ball, I’m safe."