Over the past few months, the movement to pay college players has gained unprecedented momentum. In August, a federal judge ruled that college football and basketball players can earn a share of licensing revenues from the use of their name, image, and likeness. (The NCAA has since appealed the ruling.) An athlete can access these funds, which will be placed in a trust, when he or she has graduated or left the school.
Expanding the draft to three days, it expanding the legal tampering period and free agency. The NFL is trying to lengthen out its calendar so much. What makes the NFL special is the break. Delighted to have reached an agreement for NFL Network and NFL RedZone that provides a good value to our customers, Time Warner Cable executive vice president Melinda Witmer said in a release. Additional games this year and the proven appeal of NFL RedZone will certainly prove to be a draw for our customers. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the NFL..
Without a franchise tag, Cousins would be considered the NFL’s top available free agent, expected to draw interest from Arizona, Denver, the New York Jets and other quarterback needy teams.But Washington might want a say in where Cousins winds up, which would enable the Redskins to try to extract compensation in the 2018 draft rather than having him walk away for nothing this year.However, Cousins still would be able to wield some control of the situation and could force Washington into a challenging if not uncomfortable situation. Washington could not trade him until he signs the franchise tag, and if Cousins wanted, he could delay signing it for weeks or even months, with the Redskins having to count his approximate $34.5 million against their salary cap.Cousins also could tell any of Washington’s potential trade partners that he is unwilling to sign a long term deal there, dampening that team’s enthusiasm for surrendering a top draft pick for his services and holding up any potential trade.If Washington decided to pull the franchise tag to get Cousins’ contract off its salary cap, it would lose the right to recoup a 2019 compensatory draft pick that it would get if Cousins were able to leave right away as a free agent. So tagging Cousins would undoubtedly carry risk.Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not give Cousins a sense that the team would use its franchise tag on him when the two spoke last week, but others connected to the team insist that Washington is considering it.