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By the time the first wave of free agency ended Friday, the Jets had doled out nearly $85 million guaranteed in new contracts. The biggest catch was cornerback Trumaine Johnson, whose $45 million guaranteed and $14.5 million average annual value both rank among the top three at his position.

The Minnesota Vikings are firmly in a Super Bowl window, with a talented roster they felt needed an upgrade in one area: quarterback. The Washington Redskins want to enter that same window, which meant they needed a quarterback who could afford them one key thing: cap room to build.

The NFL is a professional football league that operates throughout America and has stadiums in America, London, and Mexico. they also have a system of draft available for the teams in order for them to upgrade their teams with young players coming out of college. In addition, they use free agency and trading, which means that players are moved from one team to another when their contracts with their team the year before ends.

However, the Redskins never wanted to pay a certain amount for Cousins, knowing they needed more around him to make it work. Their comfort level ended at about $23 million per year — or five million less per year than what the Vikings gave him. And once the tag was used in the 2016 offseason, Cousins was a long shot to sign a long-term deal.

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