Vikings Decline 2017 Option for RB Peterson – The Minnesota Vikings will not pick up their option on Adrian Peterson’s contract for the 2017 season, the team announced Tuesday. Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9. Peterson, who restructured his deal with the team before the 2015 season, had an option for 2017 that would have paid him $18 million, including a $6 million roster bonus had he been on the roster on the third day of the new league year. The Vikings had until the start of the league year on March 9 to inform Peterson whether they would exercise the option.
Cousins Slapped With Exclusive Franchise Tag – The Washington Redskins placed the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins on Tuesday. Cousins received the nonexclusive tag last year. It’s the first time in history a team has used the franchise tag twice on the same quarterback. Because it’s the exclusive tag, Cousins can’t negotiate with other teams. The Redskins can still trade the quarterback, if they choose to, but in that scenario the Redskins would have to grant Cousins permission to talk to other teams and work out a long-term deal before a trade likely would be completed.