Free agency hasn’t officially begun yet, but don’t worry Patriots fans, Tom Brady is still finding ways to entertain in the offseason. Not cliffjumping in Costa Rica, Brady opted for a more conservative option this time around, introducing the new family dog, Fluffy, as music from “The Lion King” played in the background. Well, all seems to be going fine up in New England. Elsewhere around the league, teams are making some important decision before Free Agency begins in March by using the Franchise Tag. Notable teams that need to make decisions on using the Franchise Tag include the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears. It seemed for the Bears that star wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey was the target to be tagged all along and reports today have it that he has been tagged. With Brandon Marshall’s departure for the Jets before last season and the Bears releasing veteran workhorse back Matt Forte just a few days ago, Jeffrey is the lone big threat left with Jay Cutler on Chicago’s offense. Jeffrey is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he only played nine games, but he did manage to haul in 54 passes for 807 yards and 4 touchdowns which was enough to convince the Bears’ management that he was worth keeping around. With the return of last year’s top-10 draft pick wide receiver Kevin White coming back from a leg injury, Jay Cutler should see plenty of help through the air and the team also has one of the bigger cap spaces in the league so General Manager Ryan Pace can go splurge on a playmaker, whether it’s on offense or continuing to rebuild a defense that has consistently been ranked towards the bottom of the league in recent years. Under the tag, Jeffrey will be guaranteed a one-year deal worth more than $14.5 million and he has until July 15th to work out a long-term deal with the team, which is their goal, or he will play out this coming year under the tag. The situation in Washington is a little more complicated. After Kirk Cousins’ career year in which he finally established himself as the outright starter in which he threw for 34 TDs and led Washington to the NFC East crown, there was much talk about the impending free agent getting a large payday. Though, it seems, Cousins’ camp and the Redskins have different ideas about prices. Cousins had quite a good year on paper, but when you look at the teams he beat, none of them were above .500. This was also his first good year and first as a starter, so who’s to say he’s ready for a long-term franchise deal? The Redskins have said that they want Cousins back and he has also expressed desire to stay in Washington but the gap in price looms large with reports saying that the Redskins are prepared to offer about $16 million per year while Cousins wants around $20. Is he really worth that much? At the moment they are thinking of franchise tagging him, but that would still pay him among the league’s top quarterbacks so that would be a way to keep him in Washington at a pretty penny at least for the short term. Contract talks broke off a few days ago and with none upcoming scheduled, so Cousins staying in Washington is no longer a lock though it still stands as the most likely option. He is willing to play out 2016 under the tag, which would provide him with a $20 million salary. For the moment it might be the best for both sides because Cousins gets the money he wants but for the Redskins it’s only a year so they aren’t spending too much long term and Cousins has another season to show the team he is worth a long-term deal. The Redskins do have other options including a tag-and-trade in which they would tag Cousins and then send him to another team or use the Transition Tag, which is another one-year deal that gives Cousins a salary from the average of the top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks. If the Redskins choose to use the Transition Tag they cannot use the Franchise Tag this year. Many other teams are expected to use the Franchise Tag before the March 1st deadline, with the Jets expected to use it on stud defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and the Rams expected to use it on one of their corners, Janoris Jenkins or Trumaine Johnson. Today the Baltimore Ravens also locked up kicker Justin Tucker, the second most accurate kicker in NFL history. He will make around $4.5 million this season. Keep dancing, Justin Tucker.