In the upcoming months, Cousins has an opportunity now to play up to his 2015 level and earn an even greater yearly average during next year's free agency period.
Here's a roundup of the deals that did and didn't get done on Franchise Tag Friday:
» Von Miller got paid. Now the wealthiest defensive player in the league, the Broncos pass rusher agreed to a six-year contract with the Broncos on Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added the deal is worth $114.5 million and it includes $70 million in guarantees by March 2018, surpassing the $59.955 million guaranteed that Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received in March 2015. Rapoport also reported $42 million of the deal is fully guaranteed, including a $23 million signing bonus, according to a source who has seen the deal.
» Eric Berry will play out this season without a new long-term deal. The Chiefs and their Pro Bowl safety failed to reach an agreement ahead of Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. NFL Media's Rand Getlin previously reported the sides were "miles apart," leaving Berry with just one option: playing out the year under the $10.8 million franchise tag before hitting the open market next offseason.
Garafolo reported that the Chiefs wanted Berry to pay for a disability insurance policy that would have named the team as a beneficiary. The team later pulled the disability clause. Getlin reported that the $20 million insurance policy included a premium that could rise up to $2 million.
» Half an hour after the deadline passed, the Jets announced that they had reached an agreement with defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. He agreed to a five-year contract worth at least $85 million with $54 million in guarantees over three years and $37 million fully guaranteed through the second year, Rapoport reported, per a source. The versatile defensive standout is coming off his best season to date, but will be returning from a broken leg in 2016. Gang Green has an embarrassment of riches at defensive line with Sheldon Richardson and Making the Leap candidate Leonard Williams also in the trenches.
» Justin Tucker and the Ravens agreed to a four-year contract for $16.8 million with 10.8 million guaranteed including a $6 million signing bonus. The deal comes one day after Tucker's agent, Rob Roche, made it clear the kicker would not play for the Ravens in 2017 without a long-term deal. The strong-armed negotiating tactic worked. Tucker was set to make $4.57 million on the one-year tag, but will now earn an average of $4.2 million for the next four years.
» No deal between Trumaine Johnson and the Los Angeles Rams. Sides remained far apart on their positions of Johnson's worth up until the deadline. The corner will make $13.9 million on the tag. One prevailing thought when the Rams tagged Johnson instead of Janoris Jenkins was that it might be easier to get a deal done with Johnson. With a big jump to tag Johnson in back-to-back years, the Rams risk losing two starting corners in two years (Jenkins signed in New York this offseason).
» With Alshon Jeffery's injury history, the Bears were skittish at giving the dynamite receiver a lot of guaranteed money. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo previously reported that the Bears want Jeffery at a deal closer to the $11 million per year contracts Allen Hurns and Keenan Allen signed than the $14.6 million franchise tag number. As the Bears' best player, Jeffery had little incentive to cave.