The deadline passed Monday for Kirk Cousins to sign a long-term deal, meaning the Washington quarterback will play a second consecutive season on the franchise tag.

The team confirmed no agreement by the 4 p.m. Monday deadline. Cousins will make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 after $19.95 million last year.

Cousins is the first quarterback in NFL history to play two years in a row on the franchise tag. Team president Bruce Allen said in a prepared statement that the team’s goal was to sign Cousins to a long-term contract and offered him $53 million guaranteed or $72 million for injury.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and star running back Le’Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender this season.

Bell will make $12.1 million this season, the average of the five highest-paid running backs in the league. He could become an unrestricted free agent next spring, or the Steelers could place the franchise tag on him a second time.

Just over a week before training camp opens, the Carolina Panthers fired Dave Gettleman as general manager.

The Panthers already were without a team president after Danny Morrison resigned in February.

Gettleman was Carolina’s general manager for four seasons, when the Panthers went 43-26-1. But Carolina was 6-10 last season a year after reaching Super Bowl 50, where it lost to Denver. The Panthers won the NFC South his first three years at the helm.


NHL: Defenseman Brian Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

The Blackhawks say he’ll join their business operations department, assisting with community and youth hockey initiatives and marketing.

The Ottawa Senators avoided arbitration with restricted free agent forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau by agreeing to terms on a $9.3 million, three-year contract.

The 24-year-old center had eight playoff goals last spring as the Senators reached the Eastern Conference finals. He had 12 goals and 21 assists in 82 regular-season games.

The Nashville Predators signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract.

Gaudreau’s deal comes after a breakthrough playoff performance, as he scored his first three career NHL goals during the Stanley Cup finals.


WORLD RANKINGS: Roger Federer’s eighth Wimbledon title pushed him back up to No. 3 in the ATP rankings.

Karolina Pliskova moved up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings despite losing in the second round at Wimbledon. Garbine Muguruza, the Wimbledon champion, jumped 10 spots to No. 5, while Serena Williams, who hasn’t competed since January because she is pregnant, dropped from No. 4 to No. 15 – leaving her out of the top 10 for the first time since April 1, 2012.

Andy Murray held onto the men’s No. 1 ranking despite losing in the quarterfinals of his Wimbledon title defense. Rafael Nadal remained No. 2, but Stan Wawrinka dropped from No. 3 to No. 5, behind Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Simona Halep remained in the No. 2 spot for women, followed by Angelique Kerber.

CROATIA OPEN: Unseeded Marco Cecchinato defeated fifth-seeded Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round at Umag, Croatia.