The Vikings' busy day is apparently just getting started, as the team has reportedly placed the franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris:
Harris was one of the best safeties in football last season:
He was also, to the Vikings' benefit, making around $3 million per year. Due for a hefty raise, the Vikings are now on the hook for paying him a little over $11 million, per Spotrac's projections. Some are speculating that the Vikings are doing this in order to trade Harris, but the safety's on record about his desire to stay in Minnesota:
So far the Vikings are giving us like 95% of NFC North content. Bless you, Minnesota.
Kirk Cousins got paid! Again!
The Bears are officially the last NFC North team with QB questions – although Detroit certainly seems like they're not far off – after the extension. In five career games against Chicago, Cousins is 2-3 with a 89.6 rating, five touchdowns and three interceptions. He's 0-3 against them in the Matt Nagy era, however.
On a whole, Cousins is coming off one of the strongest seasons in his career, throwing for 3603 yards and less than 10 interceptions (6) for the first time as a full-time starter. His 107.4 Quarterback Rating was far and away the highest of his career, and finally winning a playoff game certainly didn't hurt.
There you have it, Bears fans. Kirk Cousins is sticking around!
Last year this time, the Bears were beginning one of the most bizarre kicker-centered offseasons in recent NFL history.
One player who Bears fans hoped the team would acquire was former Ravens preseason star, Kaare Vedvik. He was viewed as a strong-legged star-on-the-rise.
And yes, Ryan Pace was interested in the former Marshall punter-turned-placekicker, but he didn't allow desperation to dictate what he'd offer to Baltimore. Instead, he let the Vikings do that.
Minnesota traded a 2020 fifth-round pick for Vedvik, who ultimately lost a training camp battle for the starting kicker job to Dan Bailey. He was cut before the start of the 2019 regular season.
Ouch. And the pain from that awful trade lingers on.
The Ravens used the fifth-round pick they acquired from the Vikings to land one of the NFL's top defensive linemen, Calais Campbell, in a trade with the Jaguars that will become official once the new league year begins.
It's an incredible job done by the Ravens, who essentially traded Vedvik (who's now on his third team since the Vikings cut him) for Campbell.
The Ravens' acquisition of Campbell Is bad news for the rest of the NFL, but let's face it: Bears fans are getting a good laugh out of it.