Kirk Cousins will officially play out season on the franchise tag for the second consecutive year.
This was expected. The Redskins and their quarterback could not come to an agreement, and both sides are content to play out the season on another one-year deal with the tag. Things become interesting after the season, as the Redskins will have to commit $34 million if they franchise tag Cousins for a third straight year. If Cousins becomes an unrestricted free agent, he could have his eyes on San Francisco to connect with former offensive coordinator and now 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, but there will definitely be other teams interested (potentially the Cardinals if Carson Palmer retires). The focus for both Cousins and the Redskins is this season, though. He’ll have to adapt to a revamped receiving group with the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and the addition of Terrelle Pryor (and a fully healthy Josh Doctson), but Cousins should be a solid QB1 again in 2017.
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said Eric Decker will start out in the slot.
Mularkey said the veteran receiver can play multiple positions, but will mainly play the slot to start. Richard Matthews is locked into one outside spot, and fifth-overall pick Corey Davis seems likely to start in the other. Decker should be an excellent target for Marcus Mariota while working in the slot, but he might not get the amount of snaps necessary to be a top fantasy option at the position. He’s definitely worth drafting as someone that’s been very productive throughout his career.
Victor Cruz is vising the Bears on Monday, according to Kimberly Jones.
Suddenly, there is a lot of reported interest in Cruz. Earlier today, it was made known that Cruz was visiting the Jaguars in a couple weeks. Cruz will find a team to sign with a team at some point.
Giants owner says they will pay Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants owner said of his star receiver, “he deserves to get paid. We’re going to pay him.” OBJ made news when he said he wanted to be not only the highest paid receiver in the league, but the highest paid player overall. There is a 0% chance Beckham becomes the highest paid player in the league, but he might get the most money among receivers. Under team control for two more years (not including the franchise tag) one would think Beckham obviously needs to show more maturity before the Giants hand him a monster long-term deal, though.
The NFL is looking into the alleged Ezekiel Elliott incident, according to multiple reports.
TMZ obtained a video (linked below) of a man on the ground, with a "witness" saying she saw Elliott punch the man. While no arrests were made and Elliott has not been named a suspect, this isn't looking very good right now for the star running back. He's already potentially facing a suspension for an alleged domestic abuse case from last season. If the past is any indication, don't be surprised if the NFL ends up coming down with a heavy punishment on Elliott even if nothing comes of this recent club incident.
Amari Cooper has bulked up to 217 pounds.
The 23-year-old receiver played at 210 pounds last season, but added some weight. Images have shown Cooper looking noticeably bigger and more muscular this year, and this confirms it. As a former player in the Alabama football program, it’s no surprise to see Cooper in great shape. He likely trained to keep his great acceleration and speed while adding the extra weight. The former fourth overall pick could breakout for a monster 2017 after going over 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.
The Bears have released receiver Eddie Royal.
The Bears revamped their receiving corps this offseason, and they're moving on from Royal. It's unclear who the three starting receivers will be for the Bears, aside from former first rounder Kevin White likely starting. Royal should draw interest from other teams quickly.
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