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Redskins Could Franchise Tag Kirk Cousins



The Kirk Cousins Saga in Washington may be far from over, even though the Redskins acquired quarterback Alex Smith to take the leading role for the team next season.

While teams such as the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and others are eyeing Cousins to hit the open market, creating one heck of a bidding war, the Redskins may have different plans.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Redskins could use the franchise tag on Cousins, forcing interested teams to negotiate a trade with the team to acquire the veteran signal caller.

USA Today’s Mike Jones also reported that this scenario is a possibility, say that internal discussions have taken place to discuss this particular scenario.

Cousins could complicate things should the Redskins decide to go this route. Cousins could delay signing the franchise tender which would slow trade talks and put a $34M cap number on the team, prohibiting Washington in the process.

Cousins could also refuse to negotiate a long term deal with any interested team, controlling the outcome in a way.

In doing this, the Redskins would lose to right to receive a 2019 compensatory draft pick.

Needless to say there are a lot of different ways that things could play out as the Kirk Cousins saga in Washington continues to play out.

Arizona Cardinals

Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions road victory against the Arizona Cardinals 17-3, somehow keeping their playoff hopes alive



1. Zach Zenner showed up to play this week

Late in the game, Zach Zenner got a few series at running back and he made an immediate impact. He helped the Lions drive down the field and score their only offensive touchdown of the game. Not only did he do that, but he helped ice the game by getting first downs late in the 4th quarter. Zenner finished with 54 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. 

2. Jarrad Davis was all over the place on defense

Davis is really starting to get in his zone on defense. He was breaking up pass plays, stuffing the run, and even got himself a sack in this game. Davis finished with eight tackles, one sack, and pass deflection. Throughout his first two years in the league, Davis is improving week by week and it is a great sign of things to come at linebacker for the Lions.

3. The offense continues to struggle each week while the defense has improved each week

If it wasn’t for Zenner’s spark and Darius Slay’s interception for a touchdown, the rest of the Lions offense was only able to manage three points. While fans should understand that the offense will struggle due to injuries, etc. it shouldn’t be as bad as it is. Stafford only threw for 101 yards because every pass was short and everybody struggled to get open. As long as Marvin Jones and Kerryon Johnson are still on the sidelines, there is nothing really positive going for the Lions offense.

With this victory, the Lions still somehow have a chance to make the playoffs. While they will need lots of help from other teams, the possibility is still there. Now, this victory wasn’t against a very good Cardinals team, but the defense still looked really good and was a major factor in the Lions winning. With three games left in the season and two of those being divisional games, it will be very interesting to see where the 2018 season pans out for the Lions.

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Detroit Lions

Lions Shut Down Ziggy Ansah



The Detroit Lions have shut down defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who has been placed on injured reserve, according to an official team announcement.

It is likely that the Lions will move on from Ansah this offseason. 

The Lions opted to apply the franchise tag to Ansah last offseason, paying him $17.1 million and were willing to negotiate a long term deal for the end.

Ansah suffered a number of injuries this season and only posted 4 sacks over 7 games.

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Chicago Bears

Bears’ Bryce Callahan Out with Broken Bone in Foot



The Chicago Bears will be without cornerback Bryce Callahan who suffered a broken foot during Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Rams, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Chicago is waiting to decide on if they will be placing Callahan on injured reserve until they know the full extent of his injury.

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