Deals Still Unlikely For Cousins, Johnson

The impending deadline for extensions seems to be bringing the Broncos and Von Miller closer together, but that’s not the case for other franchise-tagged stars. As of this morning, there is still no movement between the Redskins and Kirk Cousins on a long-term deal, according to Mike Jones of The Washington Post (on Twitter). Same goes for the Rams and cornerback Trumaine Johnson, says Jason La Canfora of (Twitter link). Kirk Cousins (vertical)

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In the case of Johnson, La Canfora notes that the two sides spoke on Thursday night, but the Rams and the cornerback’s camp are still very far apart on terms. That jibes with everything we’ve been hearing about the talks over the last couple of months. For those who haven’t been following along, the CliffsNotes version goes something like this: after seeing ex-teammate Janoris Jenkins get megabucks from the Giants, Johnson wants at least that much to forego his opportunity at free agency. The Rams, meanwhile, are not yet willing to give Jenkins a top cornerback’s AAV over the course of a long-term deal. Without a deal, Jenkins will play out the 2016 season under the $13.952MM tender, making him the fifth-highest paid CB in the NFL this year.

Cousins and the Redskins have also been far apart on terms and, like Johnson and the Rams, the two sides have been haggling without getting ugly. The Redskins would love to lock up Cousins, but the quarterback is willing to bet on himself and he sees a repeat of the franchise tag in 2017 (and maybe 2018) as his floor. To forego a turn on the open market, Cousins’ camp is looking for those tender amounts to be fully guaranteed in a long-term deal and, as of this writing, Daniel Snyder & Co. have been unwilling to go that far.

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