Feel the Bern: There’s nothing ‘free’ about NFL free agency

FILE - Minnesota Vikings' Kirk Cousins throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, in Detroit. Kirk Cousins, Chris Jones and Mike Evans are among the best players who will be available on the open market unless their teams use a franchise tag by March 5. Theyll be joined by running backs Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs, edge rushers Josh Allen, Brian Burns and Danielle Hunter and several other talented players.(AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File) (Duane Burleson, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DETROIT – The NFL’s week of free agency proved once again that teams can spend with the best of them no matter the sport.

The proof came when the Atlanta Falcons signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a 4-year deal that could pay him up to $180 million. The amount wasn’t the proof. The proof came when you realized Cousins is coming off a torn Achilles.

That wasn’t all. Cousins is also 35 years old. So if he fulfills everything in the contract, he will be 39 years old and $180 million richer. His last deal with the Vikings was worth nearly $100 million. Cousins should be working on Wall Street. He’s got the magic touch. On the field and more when it’s time for a new contract.

One thing about the NFL, they can certainly sell their product 365 days a year. And this year 366! But the excitement of free agency sends teams and players into dreamland, hoping and praying that the millions they’ve spent will turn into the Vince Lombardi Trophy the following season. Good luck. And if your team fails, there will be more tries next year. And more millions. And guess who’s going to pay for that?

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