Franchise tag? $23M gtd. Long-term deal? $23M gtd. Having a QB? Priceless.

-by Hugo

The Redskins have franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins, guaranteeing him $23,943,600 for the next year. This is the second consecutive year Cousins has been tagged. The Redskins may attempt to transition-tag him for the 2018 season, continuing a saga that has exposed the fundamental irrelevance of the franchise tag to the quarterback market.

The fifteenth-highest paid quarterback in the NFL (Tom Brady) makes an average of $20,500,000 a year. The fifth-highest paid (Joe Flacco) makes $22,133,333. Fresh off a “market-setting” extension, Derek Carr is slated to average $25,005,000. In other words, half the league’s quarterbacks make at least 80% of what the league’s highest paid quarterback makes.

The franchise tag is based on an aggregate of the highest-paid players at a position. Implicit in this line of thinking, is that paying the vast majority of players like the top 5 at their position is a tough pill to swallow.

But half the NFL’s teams are glad to pay their quarterbacks close to that amount for one year. What they are not glad to do, is guarantee their quarterbacks a significant amount of money. Contracts at the bottom of the starting market (Ryan Tannehill, Sam Bradford, Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick) pay out $17M to $20M but with low guarantees.

In other words, quarterback contracts are not measured in money, but in years. Shorter commitments are “cheap,” because they allow for the team to pursue a new quarterback in the future if the opportunity arises. Longer commitments are “costly.”

The constraint on paying quarterbacks isn’t how much you’re paying them, but finding them. Thus, while the sequence of tags is highly punitive at other positions, teams have little incentive to avoid it with their quarterbacks. Sure, it’s not cheap in money. But it’s extremely cheap in years. And years represent future possibility to search elsewhere.

If the Redskins get a strong year out of Cousins, he may be rewarded with a new deal. The team may also end up transition-tagging at roughly $28M – a record-breaking outlay in dollars, but not much in years – and continue to expose the inapplicability of the tag sequence as they keep their options open.

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Off to din dins. Yeah, it’s Steak, Baby! And wine and then ice cream. It’s the simple things in life that matter.

Oh, and Thank you, Rob Ninkovich! You were tops in my book.

Good night, you sudden retirees!!!Report

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They gotta have another season though.

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Simple pleasures. I am thinking steak, but might do lentils.Report

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We had steak last night- the beast approved.Report

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Hopefully they wax Brazil.Report

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Dingo goes Brazilian.Report

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That had to hurt.Report

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Hopefully they play the starters tonight.Report

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If I buy a car with an automatic transmission, what will I do with my left leg? It will wither away!Report

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Had a standard until I had to deal with the traffic here. Not much choice but to switch to an automatic.Report

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us California guys think alikeReport

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Sad that not many cars come with manuals any moreReport

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Have to special order one.Report

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It’s tough to special order a used car!Report

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Get a new one.Report

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Don’t have the money, Jack.Report

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hang it out the window like some of the young gals do around hereReport

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New WR #16 KJ Maye————————————————->Report

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This is Scar’s last year – heard Schulpinski is heir-apparentReport

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Not BBReport

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Sounds like a nice Polish boy.Report

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BB likes to fill from withinReport

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Hopefully the Polish boy has been paying attention.Report

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BB is high on him.
With Dabol going to the Tide, we’ll see who’s next in line after McD when they play the Gmen.Report

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:,(Report

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Time to bring out the strong stuff?Report

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It’ll be fine.Report

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I know, but I loved Nink. He has declined, though.Report

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When did he decline?
So you don’t think he played well in the playoffs and SB?
Why did BB keep playing him?

“But by the end of the year, in the team’s most critical games, his playing time had spiked. This year, Ninkovich projected as a valuable contributor opposite third-year player Trey Flowers, who led the Patriots with seven sacks in 2016.” -Mike reissReport

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No one is going to trash a guy on the day he retires.
He definitely slowed down. Getting nabbed for juicing should have been a red flag to all the fans that he was done.Report

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I thought he had a decent season last year and was valuable in the playoffs and Super Bowl.Report

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I’ll give him ‘decent’. He used to be better than that. One of the most underrated players in the NFL. Last season, he was just a guy.Report

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Hopefully he enjoys his retirement.Report

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Not what you were saying a month or two agoReport

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What was I saying? They needed to draft DEs, and they did, though I would have gone earlier than R3.Report

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That he was not slowing downReport

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That couldn’t have been me! He has slowed a lot. Was not himself in 2016. Long was the better man.Report

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Looks like we have our answer aboveReport

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I’m sorry then – I took a beating out here saying Nink was cooked. Thought you were the one saying he was coming back because no one else can stop the run.Report

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You could see last season that he had slowed down.Report

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Mike Reiss ✔ @MikeReiss
WR KJ Maye, who played in college at Minnesota, has been signed to the Patriots’ 90-man roster.Report

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According to the Pats site- TE Dwayne Allen hurt his back at practice today-ugh.Report

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He might be a wuss for all we know – he did play for the Colts after all.

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testReport

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Revis??Report

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Submitted TC observationsReport

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Today or yesterday?Report

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Submitted observations just now. Went to camp yesterday morning.Report

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Did you go to the Induction Ceremony ?Report

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How was camp?Report

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View wasn’t as good as usual, but it’s always fun.
It’s interesting how much more excitement winning this SB seems to have created than winning the 49th SB did. TC wasn’t thaaaaaat mobbed after SB 49. I think the way they won the SB has to do with it.Report

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I went Saturday and my view wasn’t as good as well. I was focused more on TE, Qb’s and WR’s. I left early to get a good seat for The HOF Induction Ceremony. The HOF induction day is one of my favorite days of the Patriots calendar year. That was great. I am hoping to go back to training camp and get a better look.Report

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The ceremony was really good- watched on Facebook.Report

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Did you notice how the rookies were doing on defense?Report

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A little, not a lot. You’ll read about it!Report

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Can’t wait to read it!!Report

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Seeing the news now. Nink played a lot of really good all-around football. And he did it for relatively cheap too, which helped us field a better team. He will be missed.Report

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Evening folksReport

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Afternoon!!Report

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Hi SaturnReport

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Hey PPB how are you?Report

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I dont get a Hi?Report

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Chris Long:

“Thankful to spend a year with @nink50 before he rode off into the sunset on top!!! 46 Career sacks, buncha edges set, buncha picks, clutch game changing plays, 2x world champ. One of the more underrated players I can remember in our generation, and an all time great teammate. The worst play of his career was that baby pull of vodka at the parade. Other than that, you’re a legend!!! Love you brother! Enjoy the next chapter! #NinkoDay #Champion”Report

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Ninko and Vrabel will be forever the ultimate example of blue collar guys that nobody gave them the right credit in Pats system all over the years but they proved consistently their importance in the Pats sucess.Report

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Cap Space=14,107,863 @patscap
Ninkovich’s retirement increases the chance of the Patriot trading for a player sometime during this preseason.Report

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Ninkovich played in 44.3 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016, which was lower than his norm, in part because he served a four-game suspension to open the season after a positive test for a banned substance he said was from an over-the-counter supplement. But by the end of the year, in the team’s most critical games, his playing time had spiked. This year, Ninkovich projected as a valuable contributor opposite third-year player Trey Flowers, who led the Patriots with seven sacks in 2016. Four-year veteran Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade from the Carolina Panthers, is next on the… Read more »
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it’ll be an adjustment. Wonder if he’ll consider coaching like Vrabel.Report

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He eluded to an interest in media work.Report

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Next man up!Report

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Wel, now we have decent idea why BB traded, drafted, and signed FA in the position. Probaly knew Nink may retire.Report

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Good luck to Ninko- thanks and happy retirement.Report

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He had so many big plays over his career. Always seemed to come through with a strip sack or a fumble recovery right when they really needed one.Report

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Pats need to find another bearded white guy to play the LOLB slot…. can’t break the tradition.Report

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ROB NINKOVICH!Report

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With Harris here, I think HT will be able to man the edge a lot more as a OLB/DE in situations. And I think Van Noy will take a step up in the middle, with either Roberts or Langi being the extra guy.Report

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I still have no idea if/how McClellin will be used. Or if he’ll even make the team. There’s a lot of new and interesting talent, but very young and raw. (Wise, Rivers, Kidder, Langi)Report

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McClellin can play a couple of spots, so I think it’s likely he’s here as a rotational guy. If Harris still something in the tank, he probably rotates at MLb with Roberts. Van Noy was actually very effective as a pass rusher last year and could’ve been in line to take Nink’s role anyway.Report

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I’m worried about our continued legacy of front 7 leadership. Sure, HT has grown, but he’s still pretty young. Once Nink leaves, we’re pretty new/young with that long string of passing on the mantle. Bruschi, Vrabel, McG, Mayo, etc..Report

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Retired or cut, I never saw Ninkovich as likely making this team anyway. And essentially, David Harris replaces by displacing.Report

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You sure about that? I don’t recall having much support out here over the last few months when trying to tell everyone that Nink was doneReport

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Secondary could compensate a little bit for the front 7. Maybe we will be a little more creative, maybe some player will step up. Not ideal but BB will figure out…Report

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We’re asking a lot for Grissom to suddenly take a big leap. And big hopes for Rivers – but as a rookie, that’s a lot to hope for as well. It’s a bad offseason to lose Nink, and not have Long return as well.Report

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You probably said the same thing about Nink when he got his first shot hereReport

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I do not think that Nink retiring is a thing that came up the last 2 days. I think they already have contingency plans ready. If BB want to ask Grissom more is because he thinks he could handle that. If he does not, then move on to other options.Report

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I sure hope Ealy figures it out quick. If he turns out to be a Collins, we’re in trouble.Report

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Patriots SB52 @PatriotsSB49
There are only 4 players in the last 20 years with

46+ sacks
14+ FR
12+ FF &
5 INT

Jared Allen
Julius Peppers
Jason Taylor
Rob Ninkovich

Doesn’t get much better than that. He will be missedReport

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Reiss confirming Ealy in doghouse: “6. Compounding Ninkovich’s absence on the field has been a different-than-anticipated transition from Carolina to New England for defensive end Kony Ealy. The Patriots acquired Ealy and a third-round pick (No. 72) in exchange for a second-rounder (No. 64) in March, and at the time, it seemed like a low-risk move at a bargain-basement cost for a possible No. 3 end behind Trey Flowers and Ninkovich. But Ealy was held out of the first day of training camp (coach’s decision) before returning for the past two days of work. Ealy had also been held out… Read more »
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f Ninkovich does decide to retire, I’d expect the Patriots to give him the same type of first-class send-off as they have for others — Matt Light, Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown and Doug Flutie are a few who come to mind. Those send-offs are generally reserved for players who suited up for the franchise for an extended period of time, finished their career with the Patriots and represented the organization with class on and off the field. Ninkovich checks off all the boxes. The Patriots have called a 12:15 p.m. ET news conference for Sunday, and perhaps this is the… Read more »
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Did everyone have Grissom on the 53 they put together prior to camp?Report

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I had more hope than confidence he would make it.Report

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How are you feeling Saturn?Report

Saturn III
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Healing up well thanks for asking. Hope to get back to work next week, not pushing myself though.Report

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Good to hear but take your time- you don’t want to have any set backs.Report

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Indeed my man.Report

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I had forgotten about him.Report

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3-2 Barcelona leadsReport

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Why the speculation that the Pats would sign a 3rd down rusher if Nink retires? Wouldn’t the gap be having someone who will steadily set the edge and push RBs back inside on early downs?Report

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If Grissom is ready to step up like Flowers did last year, great. I think Ealy was a relatively free look at a potential replacement for Nink also. We know now why Carolina pretty much gave him to us – he already was forced to sit out the first practice for something.Report

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I just wonder why he waited until now to decide if he indeed retires.Report

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I would wager the CTE report was the deciding factor.Report

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Maybe his body is telling his ego that it isn’t willing to go through the rigors of camp and the entire season any longer.Report

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Did he get any workout bonuses?Report

Dingo
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Not sure. I looked up the details on Rotoworld. They didn’t mention any bonuses.Report

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what a great game at Miami

2-2 with just 37 minutes playedReport

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2 players with knee injuries for the Ravens- nightmare week———————–>Report

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Never more.Report

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LolReport

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KarmaReport

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That too.Report

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Wasn’t Mario Williams’ huge contract that he signed in 2012 originally set to expire this year lolReport

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Ealy already in the doghouse
Grissom getting first unit reps. Guy also.Report

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona in less than 1 hour in MiamiReport

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New England Patriots 2016 Defense Tribute (#1 Defense)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NT30W-uzlEReport

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Losing Nink would almost be like losing Vince WIlfork was. There comes a time. Doesn’t make it any less sad a day, tough. My wine may be diluted by a few tears tonight, just thinking about it. I’ll just have to drink more.

Good night, you rumor mongers!!!Report

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BB will thankfully give us 5 more years, so let the countdown begin. By then his sons should have plenty of experience to stick around or coach somewhere else.Report

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That’s part of life in sports and there will be the day when Brady retires too.

See ya DinoReport

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Have a nice evening Dino.Report

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