We can all admit – the world sucks right now. Sports are on hold. The National Football League has canceled their live draft in Vegas in April, and now we are looking at nothing until possibly June. Quite a crazy time. But, despite that – the NFL is bringing us some great sports news with the start of the 2020 season. Free Agents can now sign with a team, and trades can be made. The first day has been eventful so far. Here are some of the latest moves:
Hopkins Traded to Arizona
The biggest of the moves saw DeAndre Hopkins and David Johnson get traded. The two players have switched teams. This move has many shaking their head at what Bill O’Brien and the Texans are doing. Houston has elected to take on Johnson’s salary, which has a cap hit of over $10M in 2020 and just shy of $8M in 2021. Hopkins, on the other side, is owed $43M over the next three seasons. Also, as part of the trade- Arizona will grab a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft while Houston will take a second-round pick in 2020 and 4th rounder in 2021.
Cousins Back under Center for Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings elected to bring back their signal-caller Kirk Cousins. The quarterback had one year left on his deal, in which he signed back in March of 2018. He added to the contract, and his new deal is worth more than $65M over new years. Cousins will be fully guaranteed a $21 million base salary in 2021 and his base salary for 2022 — $35 million – is guaranteed for injury upon signing but converts to a full guarantee on the third day of the 2021 league year.
The quarterback put together a great season last year, as he finished inside the Top 5 in completion percentage, passer rating, and finished with over 3700 yards, 26 touchdowns, with just 6 interceptions in 2019.
Franchise Tag for Both Henry and Prescott
Two of the best players in the National Football League during the 2019 season received the franchise tag from their team on Monday. First – the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott was tagged. What this means for the quarterback and the team – they have until July 15th to reach a long term agreement. Prescott will play on the tag, which is worth between $30 and $33M. No teams are allowed to talk to Prescott during that time. He is the sixth quarterback to ever receive the franchise tag.
Meanwhile, Derrick Henry saw a monster season in 2019. He wants to join Ryan Tannehill, who was given a four-year deal for nearly $120M. The 26-year-old running back finished as the top rusher a season ago with over 1,500 rushing yards. He becomes the first running back to receive the franchise tag following leading the league in rushing the previous season.
Draft Remains Set
The NFL Draft will remain April 23rd – April 25th but will do so without the public. More information will come from the National Football League when they concrete all the details of the event.