Redskins fans who are getting pumped about dreams of seeing Chiefs safety Eric Berry in burgundy and gold should get ready to be disappointed. I heard Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor on Sirius XM NFL radio yesterday. He said that both the owner and the GM of the team assured him that Berry will be back. Berry is the leader of the team on both sides of the ball and if they can’t come to a contract agreement they will use the franchise tag on him. Berry has said that he won’t play on the tag again (he was franchised last year, too) but the Chiefs will cross that bridge when the get to it.
If the Redskins sign Cousins to a deal similar to the example above, they would still have $47 million in cap space and the ability to create about $10 million more with releases and renegotiations plus nine draft picks to try to improve last year’s team. That is not a bare cupboard for the organization to work with.
n their last two regular seasons, Cousins has 32 starts and nearly 9,000 passing yards to go with 54 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. During that same time, Roethlisberger has 25 starts for just under 8,000 yards to go with 60 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. In his 25 starts, Roethlisberger's team went 17-8. In his 32 starts, Cousins' squad went 17-14-1.
But there are caveats, and they could be big: Cook has had multiple off-field issues that will factor into any team’s decision. He was charged three different times (robbery, firing and possessing a weapon on school property, misdemeanor battery), but the first two charges were dropped and the third resulted in him being found not guilty. He was also charged with criminal mischief, along with Florida State teammates, stemming from a BB-gun incident on campus. He was cited for improper care of three pit bull puppies as well. McCloughan has stayed away from players with such checkered pasts in the draft.