Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Jets Willing To Pay 'Whatever It Takes' For Cousins

Report Jets could offer Kirk Cousins fully-guaranteed contract Report Jets could offer Kirk Cousins fully-guaranteed contract
Nellie Chapman | 21 February, 2018, 03:15

Cousins, who has passed for at least 4,000 yards and thrown at least 25 touchdown passes each of the last three seasons, will likely get more. NY has won more than 10 games just three times since Herm Edwards was coaching the team, although they made back-to-back AFC Championship games under Rex Ryan in 2009 and 2010. The Washington Redskins traded for Alex Smith earlier this offseason, signally the end for Cousins.

If the Washington Redskins really want to retain Kirk Cousins another year, this is the week to do it, as they're able to pace the franchise tag on the young quarterback now.

With the No. 6 pick, the Jets are in a much more precarious position if they hope to land the college quarterback of their choice, even with a well-regarded crop this year that includes Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen.

Those suitors are expected to include the Browns, Broncos, Vikings, Cardinals and Bills, plus perhaps the Jaguars if they can figure out how to divest themselves of Blake Bortles. The Jets are going to have about $100 million in cap space when they start chasing a quarterback - we'll know for sure once they move on from Muhammad Wilkerson and the actual number is released, but they will not be short on money.

Cousins, however, has said money isn't the only factor.

So while it's always smart to never comment on a player now under contract with another team, it's specifically prudent not to talk about Cousins for the next three weeks, because Washington surely is waiting, watching, and listening for any chance, legitimate or flimsy, to secure a "win" as it prepares to lose Cousins for good.

Cousins will file a grievance through the National Football League players' union if the Redskins stick the tag on him, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Complementing Cousins with one of those high-level talents and spending in free agency to build around him could make the Jets' offense interesting out of the gate in 2018.

The other quarterbacks on the Jets' roster are Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg and Joel Stave. However, Cousins is reportedly prepared to file a grievance if that happens.

Selling Cousins on the Jets being good should be more hard.