Kirk Cousins and his contract has been the constant talk of the Redskins offseason plans after an unsuccessful 7-9 season.
Cousins has always been valued and as a starting QB, and how joining a team with heavy weapons can progress him into that Elite Top 10 status.
The Broncos, Jets, and the Browns are the teams I feel are the most interested in Cousins as free agency looms.
If Cousins does go to Denver, he will have Emmanuel Sanders and Demariyus Thomas for weapons on the outside. He’ll also have C.J Anderson available in order to establish the run.
Demariyus Thomas is a toss up for the Broncos as his contract is pending per John Elway and Thomas’s agent. But if the Broncos can retain him, make more singings in accordance to their needs; Kirk Cousins can progress on the Broncos and maybe even give them a new identity since Peyton Manning made them relevant.
The Broncos D is anchored down by Von Miller who is surrounded with talent on D with Chris Harris Jr, along with Shane Rey who was hurt this season.
The Jets have $75 Million in cap so it makes perfect sense why Cousins could be targeted by the Jets. The Jets have been looking for a franchise QB since the Sanchez/Rex Ryan era. The Jets have the opportunity to sign Cousins, but should they?
Cousins is 29. He’s thrown for 99 TD’s and 55 INT’s for 16,000+ yards in his career. He’s taken the Redskins to the playoffs once in his 6 year career. He’s only started 3 years out of the 6, but that experiance is key in a short amount of time. Plus his time as the backup to RGIII.
If Kirk Cousins signs with the Jets, he’ll have a healthy Quincy Enunwa, (Maybe) Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, ArDarious Stewart, and Chad Hansen. The WR options are very underrated, but the Jets must add another solid piece to the puzzle, maybe on the running game. Bilal Powell is excellent, but a 1-2 is perfect to go with Powell’s speed. The Jets have a young and upcoming Defense. They also have a coach Cousins likes in Jeremy Bates the new OC for the Jets.
Matt Forte’s future with the Jets is also a mystery.
The Cleveland Browns have the most cap room in the NFL as the 2018 NFL Free Agency looms. Even so, I personally don’t think he’ll go to the Browns where QB’s careers go to die.
The Browns do however have some interesting options at WR, enough for an established vet like Cousins to transform into viable targets. Targets such as Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, and Duke Johnson are good enough to progress along and build around.
The Browns need help on Defense as no doubt one of those top 10 picks will have to be a defensive player. A Veteran QB signee though, would help the Browns as far as growing their young team.
It’s either Allen, Darnold, or Cousins in Cleveland next year, count it.