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Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and former Michigan Stater Kirk Cousins have been given the franchise player designation by their respective teams on Tuesday.

The Denver Broncos have put Miller under the exclusive franchise tag for the 2016 season.  The Washington Redskins have put the non-exclusinve franchise tag on Cousins.

This prevents Miller and Cousins to negotiate with other teams once the NFL free agent period begins on March 9th.  Both had their contract expire after the 2015 season.

Both players now must be paid amongst the top five salaries at their position as a condition of being a franchise player.  They can still negotiate long-term contracts with their existing teams.

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