Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins, Pittsburgh Steelers Le'Veon Bell, Los Angeles Rams Trumaine Johnson

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Should the NFL Get Rid of the Franchise Tag?

Strange situations for Cousins, Bell & Johnson

Kyle McCann
July 19, 2017 - 2:08 pm

The NFL's deadline for Franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year extensions with their teams came and went on Monday leaving three notable players playing tagged for the 2017 season. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is perhaps the most perplexing of the group. He'll become the first quarterback to play back-to-back season under the tag in NFL history. Cousins will make $23.9 million this season, making him the 4th highest paid quarterback in the league behind Derek Carr, Andrew Luck and Drew Brees. It's certainly not a bad salary for a starting quarterback, but it certainly isn't the long-term deal that Carr and Luck will play under this season. 

Trumaine Johnson of the L.A. Rams will also play tagged for a second straight year. With a 2017 salary of $16.7 million, he'll be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. One of the league's top running backs also failed to strike a deal with his team. Le'Veon Bell will make $12.1 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, making him the highest paid running back in the league. Bell has not signed his tender, meaning he isn't under contract and doesn't have to show up for training camp later this month.

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