On the day Kirk Cousins received the exclusive franchise tag from the Redskins — setting up the quarterback for another massive payday in one form or another — ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith nonchalantly offered a rather explosive report: that multiple teammates last season accused Cousins of calling plays to pad his own stats. “I had about three or four players from the Redskins — who don’t dislike Kirk Cousins — literally reach out to me during the season while I was on this show saying to me he can play, but don’t go by his numbers always,” Smith said on Tuesday. “Because, they said, there had been many occasions where we’ll be down, or we’re struggling, and what he will do is pad his numbers, calling
One of the things I always examined during my time as an agent was the connections clients had with former coaches and team executives that were around the NFL when their contracts were set to expire. When meeting with players to discuss their upcoming free agency, these relationships would be explored. The players given or expected to receive franchise tags ( Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram , Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones , New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short ) with the exception of Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins are not included as free agents.
Adrian Peterson is headed to free agency. Indeed, a source close to Peterson said the player has been doing casual research on potential NFL destinations for a little more than two weeks – preparing for the first free agency opportunity of his career. Peterson also hasn’t closed the door on a Vikings return, but two things are said to be important to him going forward: A starting job and an incentivized contract that offers him the opportunity to prove (and earn) his worth among the game’s best running backs.