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The North Star State might have a new star quarterback. Kirk Cousins likely to sign a blockbuster deal that sends him to Minnesota—3 year, $86 Million fully guaranteed according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Once the deal becomes official, Cousins will be the first QB in NFL history to change teams after putting up 4000+ passing yards in each of the last 3 seasons.

Betting against the house, Kirk Cousins opted to be franchise tagged back-to-back years rather than signing a long-term deal to keep him in Washington. The 29-year-old veteran rolled the dice and is set to cash out as the highest paid player in the league…. I think he likes that. And so does Doug Baldwin. Seahawks Pro Bowl wide receiver tweeted out his appreciation to Cousins calling him a “hero.”

Kirk is not only a hero but also a game-changer when it comes to NFL deals. Unlike the NBA or MLB, there has never been a fully-guaranteed contract in the NFL… until now. Of course, it is not a done deal but Cousins is expected to have dinner with Vikings coaches and decision makers tonight before visiting the brand-new team facility on Thursday.

Big contracts mean big expectations. After reaching the NFC Title game last year, Vikings fans are hoping to “skol” all the way to a Super Bowl with Cousins in the purple and gold.


Alicia Bostic
Alicia Bostic “Unapologetically Honest”-Co-Host of Chicks Into Sports 


Free agency officially begins at 4PM today but teams are wasting no time on swooping up some of the biggest names on the market. Thankfully, this chart from  lists the top 50 free agents, their current team and where we can expect to see them next year (unofficially, of course).   


Drew Brees (39) QB Saints Saints 2 years
Kirk Cousins (29) QB Redskins Vikings 3 years
Andrew Norwell (26) G Panthers Jaguars 5 years
Trumaine Johnson (28) CB Rams Jets Agreed
Nate Solder (29) OT Patriots Unrestricted
Kyle Fuller (26) CB Bears Restricted
Case Keenum (30) QB Vikings Broncos 2 years
Trey Burton (26) TE Eagles Bears 4 years
Malcolm Butler (28) CB Patriots Titans 5 years
10  Star Lotulelei (28) DT Panthers Bills 5 years
11  Sheldon Richardson (27) DT Seahawks Unrestricted
12  Sammy Watkins (24) WR Rams Chiefs 3 years
13  Dontari Poe (27) DT Falcons Unrestricted
14  Jimmy Graham (31) TE Seahawks Packers 3 years
15  Allen Robinson (24) WR Jaguars Bears 3 years
16  Justin Pugh (27) OT/G Giants Unrestricted
17  Austin Seferian-Jenkins (25) TE Jets Unrestricted
18  Rashaan Melvin (28) CB Colts Unrestricted
19  Morgan Burnett (29) S Packers Unrestricted
20  Muhammad Wilkerson (28) DE Jets Packers Agreed
21  Paul Richardson (25) WR Seahawks Redskins 5 years
22  Avery Williamson (26) LB Titans Unrestricted
23  Tyler Eifert (27) TE Bengals Unrestricted
24  Bashaud Breeland (26) CB Redskins Panthers 3 years
25  Ryan Jensen (26) C Ravens Unrestricted
26  NaVorro Bowman (29) LB Raiders Unrestricted
27  Kenny Vaccaro (27) S Saints Unrestricted
28  Eric Reid (26) S 49ers Unrestricted
29  T.J. Carrie (27) CB Raiders Unrestricted
30  Jack Mewhort (26) G Colts Unrestricted
31  Beau Allen (26) DT Eagles Unrestricted
32  Tre Boston (25) CB Chargers Unrestricted
33  Nigel Bradham (28) LB Eagles Unrestricted
34  Weston Richburg (26) C/G Giants 49ers 5 years
35  Marqise Lee (26) WR Jaguars Jaguars 4 years
36  E.J. Gaines (26) CB Bills Unrestricted
37  Patrick Robinson (30) CB Eagles Unrestricted
38  Teddy Bridgewater (25) QB Vikings Jets 1 year
39  Chris Hubbard (26) OT Steelers Browns 5 years
40  Justin Ellis (27) DT Raiders Unrestricted
41  Josh Sitton (31) G Bears Unrestricted
42  Anthony Hitchens (25) LB Cowboys Chiefs Agreed
43  AJ McCarron (27) QB Bengals Unrestricted
44  Trent Murphy (27) LB Redskins Unrestricted
45  Dion Lewis (27) RB Patriots Titans 4 years
46  Aaron Colvin (26) CB Jaguars Texans 4 years
47  Albert Wilson (25) WR Chiefs Dolphins 3 years
48  Carlos Hyde (27) RB 49ers Unrestricted
49  Demario Davis (29) LB Jets Unrestricted
50  Jerick McKinnon (25) RB Vikings Unrestricted

Here are some initial thoughts about a few moves thus far: 

Once you beat them, join them? Malcolm Butler heading to Tennessee despite trouncing them with his former team during the AFC divisional game last season. With a chip on his shoulder after the Super Bowl benching, Bulter might be having the last laugbecoming one of the highest paid defensive stars in free agency to the tune of  $61 million with over $30 million guaranteed  

 Jimmy Graham is making Aaron Rodgers a very happy QB. However, Rodgers will need to (discount) double check when he looks to throw downfield because unlike a good neighbor, Jordy Nelson, his favorite target will not be there. The quarterback-WR duo hold the Packers’ record for most touchdowns with 65. Despite voicing his desire to finish his career in Green Bay Nelson was cut from the roster, saving the Packers $10,218,750 in cap space. To borrow words from Drake: business is business, its strictly financial.  

 Run-first no more. The Bears addressed the glaring need for a wide-receiver by snagging No.1 Allen Robinson early. With the addition of Robinson followed by TE Tre Burton, Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky should have a better chance of using the middle of the field and running Matt Nagy’s up-tempo spread offense.  

 One team that has been very quiet throughout free agency have been the Atlanta Falcons… Comment or tweet us at @chicksintosports who you would like to see come to ATL!  

Alicia Bostic
Alicia Bostic “Unapologetically Honest”-Co-Host of Chicks Into Sports 

“And the Oscar goes to…”

He might be retired but Kobe continues winning. On March 4th at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, Kobe Bryant took home an Oscar for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball.

“This feels better than winning the championship, to be honest with you,” Bryant said. “Growing up as a kid, I dreamed of winning championships and working really hard to make that dream come true, but then you have something like this seemingly come out of left field.”

Inspired by his retirement poem published in 2015 by The Players’ Tribune, Kobe Bryant traded in 20 years of basketball for a career as a storyteller. Dear Basketball is a six minute film written and narrated by Bryant and directed and animated by the legendary Glen Keane. An all-star collaboration, Keane is responsible for classic Disney characters like Ariel from The Little Mermaid and The Beast from Beauty and the Beast.

During his acceptance speech, Kobe Bryant threw shade at Fox New’s Laura Ingraham who recently told LeBron James to “Shut up and dribble” after making political statements. Bryant  said, “As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble but I’m glad we do a little more than that.”

Kobe is tied with Leonardo Dicaprio and now has more Oscars than Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Amy Adams, Will Smith, Michelle Williams, and Matt Damon… combined.

Backstage, Kobe credited Oprah and Shonda Rhimes for mentoring him and sharing their expertise of the entertainment industry. “When you have mentors like that in your life, everything tends to work itself out,” he explained.

Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, LeBron James and former teammate Shaquille O’Neal took to twitter to congratulate Bryant.


Not everyone is celebrating Kobe’s Oscar win. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, a petition was started demanding the academy rescind Kobe’s nomination because of a rape charge dating back to 2003. The petition of course is referencing Bryant’s arrest after the alleged rape of 19-year old hotel worker in Colorado. Despite overwhelming evidence (blood in the victim’s underwear and on Bryant’s shirt), the situation was settled outside of court in a civil suit. Kobe described the encounter as consensual but later apologized for the “pain she has had to endure.”

Kobe can now add an Oscar to his collection of 5 NBA championships, 2 Olympic gold metals, an NBA MVP, 2 NBA Finals MVP, and 4 All-Star game MVPs.

You can watch Dear Basketball here:

Do you think Kobe should have won the Oscar? We will be discussing that and more tomorrow on Chicks Into Sports from 1-2PM on 1100AM. Call in and give us your opinion!!



Alicia Bostic
Alicia Bostic “Unapologetically Honest”-Co-Host of Chicks Into Sports 

Everything you need to know about March Madness 2018

Selection Sunday is coming (March 11th to be exact)… meaning for the next month, brackets will dominate the college basketball conversation. But before making a bracket, it helps to know how this whole March Madness thing works.

WHO:  68 teams are invited to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament AKA the Big Dance– 32 automatic bids for conference champions and 36 at-large bids given out by the NCAA Selection Committee based on performance throughout the season.

WHEN & WHERE:  The Tournament tips off March 11th with the Final Four in San Antonio, Semi final on March 31st and the championship game on April 2nd.

Here’s a full schedule.

March Madness Schedule

  • Selection Sunday (March 11)
  • First four (March 13 and 14) 
  • First round (March 15 and 16)
  • Second round (March 17 and 18)
  • Sweet 16 (March 22 and 23)
  • Elite 8 (March 24 and 25)
  • Final Four (March 31)
  • National Championship (April 2)

HOW:  They don’t call it March Madness for nothing. If you’re confused about the tourney, that’s ok! We’re here to break down just how the Big Dance works… starting with the First Four.
The “First Four” is exactly what it sounds like– the first four rounds of games between the last four at-large teams selected and the last four overall seeded teams. Losers go home and winners advance to the second round as sixteen seeds.

After the First Four, the regular tournament begins with the remaining 64 teams. There are four quadrants made up of 16 teams who are ranked from first to last in order to determine how teams are paired. The top seed faces off against number 16, number 2 plays number 15…. you get the picture. Only 16 teams make it past the first weekend and are referred to as the “Sweet Sixteen.”
The third round narrows the playing field to eight teams or the “Elite Eight,” and the last four teams standing are the “Final Four.”
If all the times you heard “four” in this article has you dumbfounded, forget the numbers and follow your feels. There is (almost) always a Cinderella story about an under-dog team who defies the odds, strings together a few wins and steals all of our hearts. It’s worth watching for the grown man tears and emotional post-game interviews.

And don’t forget about “One Shining Moment,” the video montage at the end of the title game celebrating great basketball and everything we love about sports. There will locker room celebrations, heads draped in towels after an upset, buzzer beater shots and plenty of coaches yelling passionately courtside.

Now that you’re an expert on how March Madness works, it’s time to predict what will go down in your own bracket. It’s the blind leading the blind here… Each year millions of people try and construct the perfect March Madness bracket but the odds are less than 1 and 9.2 quintillion. No pressure!


Alicia Bostic
Alicia Bostic-Co Host of Chicks Into Sports Talk Radio