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Current Vikings and former Washington QB Kirk Cousins becomes brunt of TikTok joke

Current Vikings and former Washington QB Kirk Cousins becomes brunt of TikTok joke

In theory, the Minnesota Vikings social team had a spectacular idea.

Using the widely popular video app TikTok, the Vikings took advantage of the "duet" feature which allows other users to post a video side-by-side with the original post.

The team opted to share a video of quarterback Kirk Cousins throwing a pass. However, the clip cuts off right as he releases and the ball is out of sight, allowing other users to post videos of them catching the pass.

Unfortunately, the internet can be a cruel place. Rather than taking advantage of the opportunity to 'catch' a pass from the former Washington football quarterback, users opted to portray Cousins' throw missing the mark by a large amount. This led to an explosion of shares and "laughing emojis" on numerous platforms.

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The NFL season hasn't started just yet, but Cousins' stats may already reflect and 0-for-1 in the passing game.

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Are the Cowboys, Dak Prescott headed down the Kirk Cousins road?

Are the Cowboys, Dak Prescott headed down the Kirk Cousins road?

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will play the 2020 season under the franchise tag, as the two sides weren't able to agree on a long-term deal after months of negotiating.

In Washington, this situation feels eerily familiar. Cue, Kirk Cousins.

Cousins had an exceptional season for Washington in 2015, leading the team to a division title. After the season, Cousins felt he had earned himself a multi-year extension. But the two sides could not find common ground on a long-term deal, and the quarterback was franchise tagged. A similar situation occurred in 2017, and he was tagged again. 

After two seasons of playing under the franchise tag, Cousins hit the open market, signing a record $84 million fully-guaranteed deal with Minnesota in 2018. This past offseason, he signed another lucrative extension and has become one of the highest-earning quarterbacks in NFL history.

Prescott has started every game for Dallas since 2016 and turned into one of the NFL's better passers over that span. Over that time, Prescott's contract has also been one of the biggest bargains in the NFL. Over his first four years in the NFL, the 2016 fourth-round pick earned a combined $2.7 million.

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If Prescott is heading down a similar road that Cousins did, that's good news for the quarterback and bad news for the Cowboys.

Since 2005, only two quarterbacks have played a season under the tag: Cousins and Drew Brees. Both had solid campaigns playing under the tenure and cashed in lucrative, multi-year deals in free agency with new teams, Minnesota and New Orleans, respectively.

In an interview with ESPN in May, Cousins said he believes if Prescott stays patient and continues to perform well, he will get his deserved payday. Under the tag, Prescott will earn $31.4 million in 2020.

"If you’re good enough, the cream’s going to rise to the top, and you’re going to get compensated the way you want to," Cousins said. "Sometimes it doesn’t happen as quickly as you would like, but if you deserve it, and you’ve earned it, it’s going to happen. So you’ve just got to stay the course and stay patient. Certainly in my journey, it all worked out. I wouldn’t go back and change a thing."

In the NFL, there's a common misconception that cheap quarterbacks win Super Bowls. But the reality is, that's simply not the case: good quarterbacks win Super Bowls.

Since Prescott's been in Dallas, he's seen several of his teammates -- Ezekiel Elliott, Demarcus Lawrence, and Amari Cooper -- all sign lucrative extensions. All three of those players are very good, but none of them play the sport's most important position. 

For Prescott, playing under the tag is not the worst thing. But eventually, he'll get tired of waiting, and Dallas will be out of time to lock up their young star passer.

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John Wall and Bradley Beal named in Forbes top 100 highest-paid athletes

John Wall and Bradley Beal named in Forbes top 100 highest-paid athletes

Forbes released an article Friday morning detailing "The World's Highest-Paid Athletes in 2020," and the D.C. House of Guards, Bradley Beal and John Wall, both made appearances. 

Beal, who signed a heavily discussed two-year, $72 million contract extension last offseason (which doesn't kick in until the 2021 season), came in at No. 96 ($2 million in endorsements, $20.3 million in salary). Wall cracked the top 50 (42) with $2.5 million in endorsements and $28.5 million in salary.

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"Figures include all prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020," Forbes said. "With the delayed seasons due to the coronavirus, we reduced overall NBA salaries 25%, based on our estimate for the maximum salary cut."

For the football crowd, it's also worth noting that former Redskins QB Kirk Cousins ranked ninth on the list ($2.5 million in endorsements, $58 million in salary).

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