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NFL Franchise Tag Signing Deadline 2017: Date, time, players to watch, rumors

NFL Franchise Tag Signing Deadline 2017: Date, time, players to watch, rumors

The franchise tag signing deadline is rapidly approaching and a large handful of NFL teams, including the Washington Redskins, have yet to get their deals done.

If the team wants any chance to sign Kirk Cousins this year, they have to do it fast. If no deal gets done before the deadline, Cousins may be heading for another year under the tag next season or free agency. 

Its not a requirement to get the deal done before July 17th, but there will not be another chance for a multi-year deal for six months. Basically he cannot sign a new deal until the Redskins season ends. 

Right now Kirk Cousins is earning $24 million in 2017 for his second straight year under the tag. 

RELATED: Two Kirk Cousins quotes that stand out before the signing deadline

When is the 2017 NFL Franchise Tag Signing Deadline?

The 2017 NFL Franchise Signing Deadline is Monday, July 17 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

What Does the Franchise Tag Signing Deadline Mean?

The Franchise Deadline prevents a player and team from negotiating a contract throughout the NFL season, pre- and regular. Teams can only offer a player a deal for that current season, which will rarely happen. Why would a player accept anything less than what they are guaranteed? Why would a team offer more money, out of their cap space, than they have to?

Why is there a Franchise Tag Singing Deadline?

The Franchise Signing Deadline is in place for a team to not take advantage of a player not performing well throughout the season. Negotiations would not distract a player from performing throughout the season and give them the best opportunity for success.

Which Franchise Tags have yet to get a deal?

Chadler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals
Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers
Melvin Ingram, LB, Los Angeles Chargers
Trumaine Johnson, CB, Los Angeles Rams
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Exclusive
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins  - Exclusive

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?